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Jan 10, 2021

The Ministry of John the Baptist

The Ministry of John the Baptist

Passage: Matthew 3:1-12

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

In last week's sermon we wrapped up the infancy narrative of Jesus Christ. As we step into chapter three, Matthew takes us ahead approximately 30 years to the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. Here we are introduced to a man named John the Baptist, who was set apart at birth, to be the forerunner for the Messiah and his message. John's wilderness declaration is two-fold. He calls everyone within the sound of his voice to repent (v. 2), that is to change their mind about their sin. The message of repentance can still be heard today. It is only when we change our mind about our sins and how it separates us from God that we can turn towards his son in faith and receive him (Jn. 1:12). Not only is repentance necessary for our salvation, but it is imperative for our daily walk with Christ so that we live in unbroken fellowship with him. The second aspect to John's message is the kingdom of heaven is at hand (v. 2). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Old Testament Prophets promised a future earthly kingdom for the nation of Israel that would be ruled by David's son the Lord Jesus Christ. With the arrival of the Messiah the kingdom is now at hand (v. 2). Though this kingdom is promised the Jewish people all who have repented and turned towards Christ will one day be there.