September 4, 2018
Luke 3;10… And the crowds asked, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
The crowds spoken of here were from the neighboring cities who came to John the Baptist to be baptized by him. He spoke truth and they questioned him. Firstly, let’s put this baptism in perspective. John the Baptist did not baptize unto salvation; Jesus had not yet died. In fact Jesus was baptized by John at this location in the Jordan River. John was hesitant to do the baptism because he knew that Jesus was the Messiah. IN the tradition of the Jews, there were a number of baptisms that they could participate in. In the book of Acts, Paul referred to the baptism by John as a baptism of repentance. (Acts 19:3-5)
So, John knew he was baptizing unto repentance in preparation for Jesus. At the top of this page is a brief explanation of repentance. “When you repent, your thoughts about people will change and your actions toward them will also change.” John was not going to let people walk away and say, “I had a change of heart.” One will know your change of heart by your change of actions. This brings us face to face with a modern point of contention. If we aren’t saved by works, why do they even matter? I am reminded of a verse.
Acts 4:13… Now when they saw Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Do people know that you have been with Jesus? When you have been with Jesus, your actions will change… and your speech. Your works will be new works because love reigns in your heart. John, with this baptism, was preparing the way of the Lord. Many people have not been with Jesus and yet they claim to be Christians. That is like the blind leading the blind. And it is possibly the worst witness of God, that the earth has seen.
The essence of this writing is “Repent.” If your actions and your speech have not changed, perhaps you have not repented of your ways. Don’t continue in that deception. Change your thought and actions…