The Ministry of John the Baptist, Pt. 5

…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; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luke 1:13a-17

At the end of verse 17, God gives us the last of the “ministries” of John the Baptist.  He is going to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  Among the many other things that John is going to do, one of his main jobs is to prepare a people for the Lord.  He was going to come before the Lord came and get the people ready to receive Him and get them ready to hear Him.

That is one of our main responsibilities as Christians.  We are supposed to be helping people get ready to meet the Lord.  We know that He is coming and we don’t want to be ashamed at His coming.  We also don’t want others to be ashamed at His coming.  The Bible tells us that “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”

People need to be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If they are not saved, they need to prepare to meet Him by accepting Him as their personal Saviour.  If they are already Christians, they need to be living a life that honours and glorifies Him.  They need to be purifying themselves in preparation for meeting Him.

Any help that we can give people in the area of preparing them to meet the Lord is good.  We can help just about everyone around us in this area in some way.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben
    “We can help just about everyone around us in this area in some way.”
    Sharing our testimony may seem like a little thing, but many are inclined to come to Christ when we show them the human side of us. Many think of pastoral duties when they think of ministry, but we would be surprised to know how the simple things we do can impact others for His kingdom.


    • I agree. We all have a “ministry” to do whether we are pastors or not. We can all do something to “minister” to others, even if it is something as simple as sharing our testimony. He can use the smallest things for His work.


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