400 years of silence. The Jewish people had waited four centuries for a word from God, for a genuine prophet to announce the coming of Messiah. John the Baptist is that key figure between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. He preached in the wilderness, lived an ascetic life, and called people to repentance.
His message was simple: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!” This is a message of both judgment and hope. Judgment for those who have no intent on repenting or changing their behavior to match God’s ways. But it is a message of hope to people who are looking forward to the Messiah Jesus and have truly repentant hearts. Jesus would come and baptize them with the Holy Spirit. A greater, inner transformation would take place in their lives.
Are you ready for Jesus to return? Do you have an attitude of repentance and faith in your own life? Or are you trusting that being mostly good will earn a place with God? God dwells with those who are lowly and contrite, those who are poor in spirit. It is when we admit our own weakness that we realize the strength and grace of Jesus. Come and listen to Jesus today and be renewed.