John the Baptist – Prophecy
John was an ascetic, clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt, eating locusts and wild honey.
John was fulfilling the prophecy: “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way; The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.’”~Mark 1:2-3
As we have been writing about “The Way”, looking at different figures in scripture, and how they fit into that role of preparing the way, you can’t get anyone much more prepared to fill that gap than John. He didn’t perform any miracles in Christ’s name, nor did he write any scripture. Yet, he is one of the greatest prophets because he was shaped and groomed to prepare the way for Jesus to come.
I can’t think of any greater example or opportunity to become a kingdom man than that! I think of calls on my life to step in and expand His kingdom, and the weight that carries. Imagine being prophesied to be the guy to prepare the path for Jesus. But here’s the thing: he had all the same feelings we have on a regular basis when we are called to things.
If you look at his life as he came up, he was educated. His parents were above average when it came to that part, so he, likewise, was well versed in scripture, public speaking and the like. He visited Jesus on a fairly consistent basis. He had the tools. He was identified as one that would prepare the way.
At times he was ramped up and ready to go, only to be delayed by Jesus to go down a different path. Other times he questioned himself if he was really the return of Elijah. Or was that just figurative? Am I supposed to move now? Ok, i’m pretty sure that’s my path…ok never mind, Jesus said I need to go back and do this. At one point he was positive he was meant to go forward to warn the people to repent because the end was coming. Then finally turned into him going to herald the new age and kingdom to come with the coming of the Messiah. Imagine having to make sure you don’t screw up that message!
But It’s interesting, a prophet, someone so pivotal to literally expand God’s kingdom as His son walks the earth – And he still went through all the same questions and uncertainties we do. Am I on the right path? Is this really what God wants me to do?
You have the ability to fill that gap. You can decipher through the world to find what God has for you. If you are struggling to figure out what that is, guess what…you are in good company. Because even prophets, set up to prepare the way for Christ, had the same problem. Spend time in prayer and He will get you there.