by Christina Farris
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. Every nurse can probably tell you there no shame in undressing a person when there of need of medical attention. Only way to get to someone injury is to uncloth them sometimes. Nothing new to the any procedure done to man or woman in the medical field. Now imagine for a moment Jesus is in need of help, the thought is impossible, for He is the doctor of the soul, body and mind. I think of the movie Terminator where even the bullets that shoot a hole in his body, heal up instantly. Yet we know Jesus when he died on the cross had many stripes upon his back, beard was plucked, his brow had thorns that pierced it, nails in his hands and sword pierced his side. Yet no one minister ointment to wounds, or medicine to his side and he rose again on third day after being dead despite all that the people did to Him. The best anyone could offer was numbing medicine that Jesus refused. John the baptist the forerunner of Christ that came preaching repentance and remission of sin, with the outward sign through baptism, that suppose to reflect the inward change of man. John and many prophets were the ones that forecasted the coming of the Great Messiah. The redeemer of Israel whose shoes who John felt he was unworthy to untie even the Messiah shoes. He is saying he is unworthy to even be a servant to Jesus. Yet John would baptized with water but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit.
Where am I going this morning. There is always going to be people out there that will claim you are unworthy of anything in this world. There are people that will think they are better then you. Yet Jesus was never like that. John image of Christ not receiving him even as a servant was so misguided in regards to him not understanding Jesus arms were wide open to receive even John. He preached Jesus was coming and yet he felt unworthy to be servant of Christ. He was serving Christ by preaching the story of his coming. Yet as ministers around the globe preach to thousands of people some look at themselves not in the same light as John. As we tell the Gospel story we know his return is sooner then we know. We preach of his return as forerunners of last days. Forerunners of end time revivals and end time coming of Christ appearance. Ministers speak as children of the King and worthy to stand in his presence by the covering of his blood, and covering of his words forgive them for they know not what they do. Yet the worthiness of man of every saved person should be in the mindset of John the Baptist, unworthy to even speak the words of hope, only a sinner saved by God's unimpeding marvelous grace.
Jesus washed his disciples feet in servanthood of caring for the needs of his disciples. To wash the dirt of someone feet was usual the job of a servant. People in Bible days went barefoot or wore sandals, so the duty of feet being washed was done by the lowest servant in the house. A position no one desired, but necessary for cleanliness. People today would say I will wash my own feet. Yet Jesus did not feel it was beneath him to be a servant to his disciples. Jesus would be baptized as symbol for others to follow in the baptism of repentance and remission of sins. It was for our example. Yet his baptism was with the Holy Spirit upon salvation. Our unworthiness like John the Baptist was not because we unable to receive his baptism upon faith, but because we were unworthy to be forgiven by our standards not God's. That my friend is why as believer we offer ourselves up to him as a living sacrifice to him. God forgave us by His grace and power not by ours.
What is a living sacrifice, it is one willing to serve Christ despite our unworthiness to proclaim the gospel of peace, to proclaim the message of his return, to warn of destruction coming without repentance and without repentance hope of salvation to all that will receive God's grace and forgiveness through Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit unites and enables all believers though not all hold the same office. John was serving Christ as a forerunner with the knowledge of the Messiah coming, had he ever understood who the Messiah was before God showed him who His Son was at the baptism. John probably did know. For he would have been taught of his special birth as well as Christ, and yet he still felt he was unworthy of such a role of faith. In fact his humbleness showed in the food he ate. He ate locust, and wild honey. Wild honey does not sound bad, but locust is another story. His garment was of camel hair. Yet the humbleness of not being worthy did not stop John from sharing the story of Jesus or baptizing Jesus in the custom of the law. When we present ourselves to God for his service it is a dedication to do the will of God despite our own humanity and failings. No matter how tall we think we are, we find ourselves flat on the floor in submission to God unworthy to untie the shoes of his Son, Unworthy because of own sinfulness, but we are all called to serve God. Our calling to serve is unique because it our calling individually not by mankind, but God alone. Our individual service to God is serving God has he calls us. We are all called to share of Christ return one day, To tell the story of the cross and God's grace. It is not just my call, but all. It just like our call to love others and to care for others. Yet we can not always fix everyones problems. Yet we serve a God that can fix all our problems. Yet God does not always fix our problems the way we desire. Our humble attitude is needed for service in God's family. It does not matter who God calls for you to share His love to, for they are just as unworthy as you. We are all the same and yet our roles are different. Jesus role was redeemer and Savior to the world. John role was forerunner of Christ, and yet we all are forerunners. Called to be forerunners in his kingdom. Let us embrace how God sees us through his grace by showing God our own humility as we bow to His throne in servant attitude, even in unworthiness, because we are called by his grace. He called us to be on the winning team not on the loosing team. How many play sports and are picked for a team only to find you might not always be on the winning side. Well God choose you to be on the winning team. He proved he could win when his Son was raised back up to life. It matter not if you could speak, teach or preach, for all these things you will do as being part of the winning team.
Dear Heavenly Father in our unworthiness we bow, but we stand in humbleness to be called your child, to be on the winning team today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 12:1-7 KJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;