July 02, 06
INTRODUCTION – In our pursuit of the King and His kingdom, which is our theme for this year, we decided to study the book of Matthew – because Matthew more than the other gospel writers emphasizes Jesus as King and and His kingdom. We first looked at the lineage of Jesus Christ; and then specifically we studied the parents God the Father sovereignly chose to parent and steward – the long awaited Messiah and Savior of the world. We also looked at the role angels played in the drama of the early days of our Lord’s life here on earth.
Today we are going to look at the man God chose to prepare the way for His precious Son. We know from the other gospels that this man – John the Baptist or John the Baptizer as some refer to him – was the cousin of Jesus – and was in his mother Elizabeth’s womb at the same time Jesus Christ was in his mother – Mary’s womb. Thus we know – they were very close to the same age, and seemed to have started their ministries at close to the same time – John perhaps a year or two before Jesus.
Luke in his gospel tells us that an angel spoke to John’s father Zechariah in great detail as to what kind of man this son of his would become. We learn a lot of things from Luke’s gospel actually, that Matthew chooses not to tell us. For instance we learn: Continue reading John the Baptist & our Witness Matthew 3:1-17