Devotion for April 7, 2024

“He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Luke 3:3)

How do you prepare the way for the second coming of the Messiah? Maybe we should look again at the activities of the first arrival. John the Baptist does it by calling for repentance — turning back to the Lord God. He realizes that some will say that they are sons of Abraham, are circumcised and have no need to repent because they have never turned away from God. John challenges this stand. Their actions do not match their claims. Note how others not only are repenting and being baptized, but they also want to know what to do.

This is the preparation. John is not the promised Messiah, though he is preparing the way. In our passage today, the Messiah is about to come. John is saying to his listeners that now is a good time to come before your Lord God, to confess your sins, receive His mercy and start acting like you are His children by loving your neighbor.

When you are in an important relationship, you want to do whatever you can to make it work and thrive. However, we allow the things in this world to draw us away from that relationship with our Creator. But our God is faithful, and His Messiah is the solution. Our Lord Jesus has defeated sin, death and the devil. John was preparing his listeners for this! What do we need to do? We need to daily repent of our sins — to come to the foot of the cross, hand over our sins and receive the righteousness of Christ — and then go out and be followers of Jesus. Not in our strength, but through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Lord, grant me Your mercy and forgiveness for my sins, known and unknown. Let Your Holy Spirit guide me each and every day so that I live as Your faithful child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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