John the Baptist 2020?

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Have you ever given much thought to John the Baptist? The man most Baptist churches wouldn’t even want in the building. I imagine a modern day version of him with dreadlocks, a leather biker jacket and chaps. Holy jeans and a pocket tee with the sleeves ripped out. The pocket would have gospel tracts and a post card to write his bible verse of the day on. His worn out motor cycle would be an off brand, not a Harley, and his saddlebags would hold a tent and the word of God. Maybe a few tools for foraging food. That’s John the Baptist 2020.

He’d pull into town, set up camp in the edge of the woods and then let the preaching commence. But that’s not quite how it was in the year of our Lord 30ish.

Matthew 3:1-6,8-12 KJVS

[1] In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

John is preparing the people to meet the adult version of Jesus. He was telling them, “Straighten up you Heathens, the Lord’s coming to town!” The Jesus that John had grown up with. They were likely known as “John and his weird cousin. While other kids were making sling shots to play war, Jesus and John would have been playing secret Santa to the widow ladies in the neighborhood and healing stray dogs. But now they are adults and God had paved the way for them in prophecy and they were about to step into those roles with passion that hadn’t been seen since Elijah. Wowzer! I just wrote myself happy with that. Can you imagine witnessing that first hand.  I can imagine it, but the problem is I don’t want to give up my modern tech and lifestyle to live it. How about you?

I just got the coolest Cricut for Christmas, John ate Crickets… well, locusts, but bugs none the less. I’d like to think that a  2020 John would eat McDonalds Big Macs and drink sweet tea. But that was not the case of 30 John.

[4] And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. [5] Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, [6] And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. [8] Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

You’ll note the people came to John. Maybe in curiosity, but when they got there they began taking action! They repented and were baptized and began their ministry journeys My salvation was a little like that, there was a preacher man hollering in the hollow outside of town, who caught my attention and made me realize that i was going to Hell. I was so thankful. And so began my life in the ministry.

That’s kind of where I’m at this morning, reminiscing about where my life with Christ began, and where it’s going. Am I ready to get radical for Jesus in 2020? I need it. I need to do something that makes people look at me weird but then causes them to say… I need that. I’m tired of old religion. I want the new stuff.

[9] And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. [10] And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. [11] I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: [12] Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Just a short post this morning. In between nodding off. I’m a little past exhausted from all the Christmas festivities, but I’m more just tired of myself. You probably won’t see me in town on a motorcycle screaming “Straighten up you heathens and come to Jesus.” But I pray you see some weirdness for Christ in my life come 2021. How about you? What’s Jesus doing with your life?

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