To Prepare The Way Of The Lord

1/4/2015

Preparing the Way of the Lord

His Kingdom is Forever
Matthew 3:1-2  In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”

Repentance Prepares us for the Lord
Matthew 3:3  This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'”

True Messengers of God Live Simple Lives Within their Means
Matthew 3:4  John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Confession of Sin & Baptism Follows Repentance
Matthew 3:5-6   People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Liberals & Legalists are attracted to Revival, but they really do not Believe in It!
Matthew 3:7-10  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance!  And don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire!

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Changes a Person Forever
Matthew 3:11-12  I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Our Savior Models a Commitment to God for Us to Follow
Matthew 3:13-15  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

The Son of God has been Publically Approved By God
Matthew 3:16-17  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

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