“And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable.’
And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.” Luke 3:15-18 (KJB)
In the days preceding the days of the appearance of the Christ there was a longing, a strong desire and passion for the coming of Messiah. The prophet John the Baptist was to be the last of the Old Testament prophets.
A new Man was coming on the scene. People and things were about to change.
I do not know about you, but I can almost see and hear these words the people said, and asked. Maybe some were direct and asked, “John, are you the Messiah?” There was much chatter. There were probably many questions.
The prophet John, like the prophets before him were preachers, forth tellers of the word of God. They said what God put in their hearts and minds to say, by the power of the Spirit of God. They spoke without fear or favor of men. Like those prophets he spoke of another mightier than himself.
The people were in expectation. They were looking for hope, for deliverance, for salvation from the Roman conquerors, their accusers and abusers. That is not unlike people of 2019.
Many of us are looking again for the reappearing of our Lord and Savior. He is the One whom John preached about. He is the One whom John said,
“…One mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire: whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable.”
John spoke of Jesus, the Christ. He was about to appear. We as Christians today are to be proclaiming the coming of our Lord. We are to watch and pray and preach; preach Jesus. Preach the death of Jesus on the cross to redeem us from our sins. Preach that He was buried and carried our sins away, leaving them in the depths of the earth never to be held captive by them again; and that He rose again from death and the grave; and that He is alive.
He is coming. He said He would (John 14:1-3).