In this sermon, Pastor Neil looks at the ancestry DNA of Jesus, tracing the Jesus’s family down to John the Baptist, explaining John’s mission and what it means. Here are some excerpts:
The Elijah who was to come. The Jewish people lived with the expectation that Elijah, considered to be the greatest of all the Old Testament prophets, would return before the coming of the promised Messiah. Elijah would come to prepare the way for Him. Know where this idea comes from? It comes from the final verses of the final chapter of the final book of the Old Testament.
In the Book of the prophet Malachi, written about 400 years before the birth of Jesus, Malachi concludes, in chapter 4, verses 5 and 6, with a promise of the coming of the prophet Elijah, who will proclaim God’s offer of forgiveness to all who repent of their sins and turn to God in trusting faith, and “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:5-6); or else judgment will come on those who refuse to repent and turn to God.
John the Baptist was chosen by God to take up the mantle and ministry of Elijah and prepare the way, in God’s time and according to God’s plan, for God’s chosen and anointed Deliverer, God’s very own Son, to take on our flesh and blood and carry out God’s plan for our salvation…
The witness of John still points us to the Savior today. Through his witness he still calls us to repent of our sins and to trust wholly in the only One who can save us, the only One who has the authority and power to forgive our sins, the only One who can rightly claim to be Lord and King and Sovereign in your life.
Is Jesus your King, the Lord in your life? Is He your Sovereign and your Savior?
John prepared the way. He did his job. Then he got out of the way. And Jesus did the job He came to do – to incarnate the fullness of God and as an expression of His love to offer Himself as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…