John the Baptist preached repentance from sin. He baptised people so they could show that they had renounced their past sinful lives and turned back to God. He said that this was just a first step and someone far greater was going to follow him.
It still seems to be true today, that we need to ‘clear the way’ before we can see why Jesus is good news. When we try and share Jesus with the world, it often seems as if we might as well be crying out in a windswept wasteland where nobody is and no one can hear us. But they went to hear John, and he helped them to be ready for when the real good news was delivered. John sowed the seed and planted the idea among the people that something great was coming.
Mark 1:1-8 NLT
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’ ” This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptised to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptised them in the Jordan River. His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit!”
My goal is not to be discouraged when it feels like no one is there to hear. My goal is to help clear the path in whatever small way I can. All I can do is trust that by holding to what I have learned of God and acting accordingly then things will happen as promised. I must remember what John announced:
“Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals.” (Mark 1:7)
Exodus 39:1-40:38, Mark 1:1-28, Psalms 35:1-16, Proverbs 9:11-12