I am only a voice
John 1: 19-23
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
As we start this New Year, nothing remarkable happened probably overnight. You woke up in the same way as you did last year. You are you.
You still cannot fix those impossibilities. You couldn’t last year. That hasn’t changed. You are not the Messiah.
People may think you are a certain person. Your gifts and abilities may impress and show that you could definitely be him. But you know who you are and you are not that hero for people, you are no Elijah.
You may be conscious of the hope that surrounds you. People genuinely thinking a move of God is going to happen and they think you are instrumental in that happening. You will soon disappoint for you are no Moses.
Leaders are speaking of you, those who work in the House of God, (the Priests and the Levites) are messaging you wanting to know who you are. “Show us your CV?” “Who has credentialed you?”
They do so because though you know who you are not, you have been behaving strangely.
“I am only a voice,” this is not what you are saying.
You are not just a voice amongst the voices in this world oh and how noisy the world we live in.
No. You are THE voice.
Now of course you are not John the Baptist either. But you have the same attitude as John. You have the attitude of the voice calling “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)
As John said those words they were taken right back 700 years previously when Isaiah spoke of the things to come. They knew every word and every promise of hope. Someone special was coming.
Today raise your voice (Isaiah 40):
“The glory of the Lord will be revealed” v5
“The Word of our God stands for ever.” v8
“The Sovereign Lord comes with power.” v10
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week.” v29
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” v31
Raise your voice for Jesus has come and He is coming.