Week 41 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Mark 1:4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
We tightly read about John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus in the context of his baptism of Jesus. However, consider for a minute the conditions which brought about the notoriety which John received. He must have been especially gifted by God to preach a message of repentance. There must also have been a significant moving of the Spirit both before and after the fact of preaching to bring people out from the cities and villages and to cause them to respond in humility and to be willing to be baptized by this strange young man.
So what? Just this. The people who came must at some point have been seeking answers to the questions that arise out of a life such as they must have experienced. The Spirit must have moved in such a way as to cause them to begin to seek those answers outside of their normal routines. Have you ever asked the question: “Is this all there is?” “Why am I son unhappy/” “Why are people so cruel?”
Perhaps the Spirit is calling to you to begin to seek answers. Open the Word, the Bible. Talk to a Christian you may know. Trust God to provide the answers. Ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins and trust Him to show you the Way.