The Kingdom Unveiled #4 – Matthew 3:1-12
> Who is John the Baptist?
1 “See, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple, the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies.
5 Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified and overcome with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb.16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.17 And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”
> Prophecies about John the Baptist:
1) God will send a messenger
Malachi 3:1 “See, I am going to send my messenger…”
Malachi 4:5 “Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah…”
Luke 1:15 “…he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”
Luke 1:17 “…he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah…”
2) He will prepare the way of the Lord
Malachi 3:1 “…he will clear the way before me.”
Luke 1:17 “…to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”
3) He will turn hearts toward each other
Malachi 4:6 “…he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”
Luke 1:16 “…he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”
Luke 1:17 “…to turn the hearts of fathers to their children…”
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” 3 For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight!
1 “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. 2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of forced labor is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” 3 A voice of one crying out: “Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. 4 Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will appear, and all humanity together will see it, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
2“Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”
Repentance isn’t just feeling bad for our sin.
It’s an action, a change of direction.
Repentance isn’t something we do before we come to God.
It’s what we do as we come to God.
4 Now John had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were going out to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
11 [John said,] “I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” 12 “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out.”