Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 45)
John The Baptist
I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.
Matthew 11:11 (NLT)
If standing out from our peer group is cool, in terms of appearance and/or lifestyle, then John the Baptist was notably cool. The conditions of his birth were legend. Once grown, He dressed in non-standard clothing, preferred to eat insects dipped in honey--and preached new words no living man had heard.
He was strongly anti-establishment and spoke with unsettling authority. Therein, countless people were drawn to him and the coming Christ he fearlessly repped. He cleared up religious confusion that had led God's children away and astray. He was the opening act for Jesus.
But when John was brought to his lowest point, confined to a dungeon by King Herod, he was attacked by the uncertainty of Christ's identity.* Was He for real?
Similarly, doubts hit the best of us... even great heroes of the faith, like John. For all the anti-establishment saints, won't it be cool to meet John in Heaven?
To Be Continued...
* Short article: John The Baptist's Doubt, https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/john-the-baptists-doubt
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.