He Confirmed the Perfect Sacrifice
Awake! Hear me! Listen!
Wrath, retribution, judgment will come upon all who have turned away from God. Repent! Repent! Turn your hearts to God!
The people had heard these warnings from several of the prophets. Yet another one came, preaching on the bank of the river, saying these same words again. Here was another prophet warning the people to repent, accept God’s plan for their lives, and serve Him with sincerity.
This was not a refined man, walking in the presence of kings, as Isaiah did. This was a rough man of the desert, clothed in skins, speaking in common terms.
Why did the people go out in crowds from the cities and farms to stand by the river and listen? Probably few of them could explain the strong urge they felt when this man called them to repentance. They did not understand that this was a special time in history. They had a way of acting religious and self assured. Yet, in their hearts they felt a longing and a hunger. They listened for news of a promised Messiah, the Anointed One, the Redeemer to come. What would this strange prophet say-this one called John the Baptist? Why should they hear him?
In this lesson you will study:
- Why should we hear from John the Baptist?
- What message did he bring us?
- How can we be sure it is true?
This lesson will help you:
- Describe the place of John the Baptist in the plan of God.
- Explain the term Lamb of God.
- Describe how prophecy was fulfilled.
- Desire to learn more about Jesus.