The Ministry of John the Baptist, Pt. 1

…thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.  And thou shalt have joy and gladness and many shall rejoice at his birth.  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 

Luke 1:13b-15

When Zacharias and Elisabeth found out that they were going to have a son, they found out some other things, too.  Theirs would be no ordinary son.  He would be the voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus Christ.  As one “great in the sight of the Lord,” he would have a powerful and far reaching ministry.  Some of the aspects of that ministry are given to us in these verses.

In verse 15, we see that he is going to be great in the sight of the Lord and that he is going to be holy and set apart for the service of the Lord.  He was to “drink neither wine nor strong drink.”  He was to live his life differently than others.  He was going to be “filled with the Holy Ghost.”

The first thing about John the Baptist that we can learn and emulate is his holiness and separation.  When we belong to Jesus Christ, there is a certain way that we should live.  We should be living on a higher plane, taking the high road, and separating ourselves from the sinful and even from the doubtful and questionable.  There are things that we will do because we are Christ’s and things we will not do because we are Christ’s.

We are to be, like John the Baptist, set apart for the Master’s use.  We are to be filled with the Holy Ghost and separated unto Him.  Could this verse describe us?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for giving us this study to consider just how separated and for Him we are. God bless you as you press on in Jesus!


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