Posted by: myroadtoemmaus | March 6, 2008

let the foolish shame the wise

I was reading about John the Baptist the other day and these words stood out to me: “The voice of ONE crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord.’” I have always thought of John’s purpose in life as a noble one- as one that we should all envy. But after sitting for a few minutes and pondering his life, I was struck with reality. John undoubtedly lived a lonely life- being the “one” who was crying out for the coming of Jesus. He lived in the wilderness. He ate locusts and honey. He did not live like the Pharisees, the religious people of the day. He was probably not highly esteemed. He fasted a lot, which is the spiritual way of saying that he was probably always hungry. He looked different. He dressed different. In our day, he would be the type of believer at which the Church would probably raise their eyebrows and with which they would avoid eye contact. And yet he was the man of whom Jesus said, “Among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist”.

Why is it that the most religious people of the day did not recognize Jesus? Why is it that the ones who did recognize the Savior were people like John the Baptist, Anna (the woman who literally lived inside of the temple and who spent her life fasting and praying), and the “Wise Men” (who offered up extravagant gifts to a baby)?

To be honest, it makes me a little nervous when I look at my life and consider the emphasis I have placed on “fitting in”. If the most religious people of the day did not recognize Jesus, who will recognize Him when He comes back again? If the Pharisees and the Sadducees were offended because their Savior entered the world as a baby, born of a virgin, in a manger, then will we be offended by the manner in which the Bible says that Jesus will return? I would love to hear your thoughts…

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