The Ministry of John the Baptist, Pt. 4

…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.  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just…

Luke 1:13a-17a

The things that John the Baptist was going to do in his lifetime are some of the same things that we are supposed to be doing in our lifetimes.  His main ministry was to point people to Jesus Christ.  Our main goal for our lives should be to point people to Jesus Christ.  In verse 17, Luke gives us several groups of people whom John will be helping.  He will help to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.

John was to turn the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.  The book of Proverbs deals in great length with the contrast of foolishness and wisdom.  The disobedient foolish person needs to be turned to the wisdom of the just.  It is still the same today.  Anyone who is foolish, disobedient or rebellious needs wisdom.  They are going to find wisdom in the same place that it was found in John’s day: the Word of God.

It is our job to point the way.  It is our responsibility to help people who are disobedient to see the wisdom of the just.  The wisdom of the just should be shining forth in our lives and should be on the tips of our tongues.  Pointing people to Jesus involves showing them the wisdom of the just.  That is a ministry we can all be involved in.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for sharing about the wisdom of the just . . .and just where we can find that! Praying that our hearts not be hardened to the point that we only look to be wise in our own eyes. God bless you, Ben and thank you for pointing us to His Wisdom and His Word . . to Jesus!

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    • I agree. I went through a spell where I thought I knew everything. Of course, I came out of that pretty fast. 🙂 Now I understand that I need His wisdom and His knowledge. I can find that all in the Bible and in Jesus Christ.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Ben
    “Pointing people to Jesus involves showing them the wisdom of the just. That is a ministry we can all be involved in.”
    Sometimes all we need to do is point them in the right direction and allow Him to do the rest.
    Blessings
    ann

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