Many Voices Crying Out In The Wilderness
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Mk 1:2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’ ” 4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
We all know that this prophesy from the book of Isaiah foretells the coming of John the Baptist. It also foretells that John will prepare the way for the coming of Christ. John preached a message of repentance from sins, baptizing them with water in preparation for Jesus to baptize them with the Spirit. John had a unique role to play in God’s plan to provide atonement for the sins of mankind, or at least to all who would accept Christ for who He is and believe in Him.
John is indeed unique, in that he was the one and only man to fulfill this role in the time of Christ. Nevertheless, I am going out on a limb, as I often do, and suggest something that I cannot prove. But, it makes sense and does not contradict anything from scriptures. In today’s world, there are few voices ‘crying out in the wilderness,’ imploring men and women to repent of their misdeeds, and asking sinners to accept Christ and His word.
As time draws near to the end of our world, or at least the end of our country, there will likely be fewer and fewer voices of truth which implore men to receive and believe. In some respects the remnant of Christians, true believers, will be much like John the Baptist. They will be a voice calling in the sinful desert wasteland of mankind, begging for men to come to Christ in humble submission.
By no means am I suggesting that we are all “John the Baptists,” But I definitely am suggesting that we are perhaps the last voices who will speak out for the cause of Christ before His return. There was one voice calling out in preparation for His initial appearance on the earth, but hopefully there will be more than one voice calling out in preparation for His final return to earth.
One thing cannot be denied. We who believe in Jesus and accept His word as the ultimate source of truth, and desire to obey Him and all He has said, must not shirk our duty. We have an obligation, a responsibility, a calling; and that is to never allow our voices to remain silent. There is too much at stake. We have no greater purpose in life than to be about the work of our Father. That work is to be His mouthpiece in a world which seems to be almost totally outside of His will. Men and women are following false teachers into the pits of Hell. They are much like the lemmings of Greenland, who follow their leader off the cliffs and drown in the cold sea.
As they make their way toward eternity without Christ, we must become voices in the wilderness, crying out to the masses, pleading with them to open their eyes and see what is ahead. If we who know Him do not do it, they will have no hope.
Ac 4:18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
The world will try to silence our voices, but we must not allow that to happen. We must speak God’s truth, no matter who does not like to hear it, and no matter how much we are maligned as we speak. There is a better day still out there in the future:
Zec 8:23 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’
Prayer: Father, we want to be Your voice in these perilous times. We do not want out friends and family to continue to listen to the myriads of false voices that they hear at every turn in their lives. God have mercy, and intervene in the lives of those who are being misled.