We are in a season of the year that is called Advent. Yesterday, Sunday, December 1, was the first Sunday in this season. This season is a time when we stop, and get our hearts ready for the Lord’s Coming.
His first coming as a gentle babe, born in the humble town of Bethlehem.
And His second coming, when He shall come as the victory King and Lord that He is.
His first coming was easy to miss, unless you were paying attention. It wasn’t until the Wise Men came, that the priests and teachers of the Law in Jerusalem even knew that the Lord had been born. His first coming was easy to miss. His second, it will be unmistakable.
In our reading for today, we read from Mark 1: 6-8, where we see the that got things ready for Jesus’ coming.
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
He knew that He was here to get things ready for Jesus’ coming. That was His purpose. That was what it was about. And that’s what He lived to do. He lived with that great purpose.
Today, as we consider John the Baptist, we ask this question. What is our purpose today? What are we living for? Who we are living for? What is the purpose of our lives?
Do we have one?
Today, unless Jesus is our purpose, we don’t truly have a purpose worth having. Today, may He be our purpose, our life, our everything. Today, if we are living for Him, we are living for our greatest purpose.
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