The Ministry of John the Baptist, Pt. 2

…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.  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

Luke 1:13a-16

This child that would be “great in the sight of the Lord” would so some incredible things in his lifetime.  A few of those things are foretold in this prophetic passage of scripture.  He was going to be holy and set apart, filled with the Holy Ghost.

He was also going to turn “many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”  That was John’s ministry.  Turning the hearts of the people to the Lord.  Though so many of them had forgotten God, God had not forgotten them.  He was sending a prophet to them to turn their hearts back to Him.

That is a ministry for every single one of us as Christians.  We can turn people to the Lord.  We can point them to Him.  We can bring them to Him.  Whatever we have to do, we do to help turn the hearts of people to the Lord.  In some cases, we need to help people come to the Lord in the first place.  In other cases, we need to help bring people back to Lord – they may know the Lord, but may have wandered away from Him.

Whoever it is, we can share this ministry of John the Baptist in turning the hearts of people to the Lord Jesus Christ.  John did the work he was given; have we?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, thank you for this message. Something about it really encouraged me and helped refocus me on Jesus, and pointing people to Him. God bless you!


    • I’m glad it was an encouragement. Our lives should be all about pointing people to Jesus, but I fear that, so often, they are not. God bless you as you point others to Him!


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