2018-01-11 / Worship

Sixth step on God’s chosen path

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN

God’s sixth step on His chosen path of grace involves the first step God made when He sent His angel, Gabriel, to speak to Zacharias about the birth of His and Sara h’ s child John in their old age. Their son John would be the forerunner of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son. This all happened as God said it would happen, revealed to them by God, on that special day in Zacharias’ and Elizabeth’s lives.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, came to visit Elizabeth right after Gabriel visited Mary concerning the birth of Jesus. It says, “Mary arose and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda and entered the house of Zacharias and saluted Elizabeth,” and told her what had happened to her. It says, “And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe (John) leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and she spoke out with a loud voice saying, “Blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1: 39-42) It appears that John was anointed and called by God while he was in his mother’s womb, to be the forerunner of Jesus, on God’s chosen path of grace for mankind.

Mark’s Gospel begins by saying, “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” with John crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Mark 1:1-3)

John did baptize in the wilderness in the Jordan River those who came out to hear him preach repentance of sin. When they repented, John baptized them by carrying them down into the water and raising them up, signifying the cleansing of their sins in the name of Jesus.

John was clothed in camel’s hair with a girdle of skin about his loins. He ate locust and wild honey. He preached that, “One was coming whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed baptize you with water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 1: 6-8)

Jesus came out to witness John baptizing in the Jordan River. He came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized of John in the Jordan River. When Jesus came up out of the water, a dove descended upon him, and a voice from Heaven saying, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And immediately the spirit driveth Jesus into the wilderness. (Mark 1: 1-11) And He was there in the wilderness for 40 days tempted by Satan.

John, after baptizing Jesus, was later put into prison by Herod the Great for preaching for mankind to repent of their sins because John accused Herod of sins of infidelity with Herod’s brother’s wife.

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