He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)
John the Baptist was fully aware of His God-ordained mandate and mission. In response to the question who he was, He quoted from Isaiah: “A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God’” (Isa. 40:3). God had ordained that John would be Jesus’ forerunner—one who would announce the king’s arrival and also make sure his path was clear.
John took His mission very serious. He was fully dedicated to what God had called him to. He cried out, urging the people to turn to God: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). The King is coming! The people’s response was evidenced by their baptism.
While at first the Pharisees had sent their messengers, we also read they came themselves: “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism . . .” (Matt. 3:7). They had to see for themselves. However, they did not respond to his message—God’s call for repentance.
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