Do it again Lord
John 1: 26-28 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.”
It was an insurmountable problem.
It represented the deepest psychological challenge.
A story 1,000 years ago before John the Baptist and yet still carried in the hearts of the Jews even to the present day.
An event right on the spot where John was baptising.
The crossing of the river Jordan.
- It was the sign of God establishing them as a strong nation.
- It was a reminder that God was a miraculous God in their generation. He had opened the way for the previous generation at the Red Sea and He was doing the same for the next.
- It showed to the whole world that God was powerful amongst His people.
- The result of this was that God’s people would walk in fear of Him for the rest of their lives and for the generations to come.
The Jewish leaders have sent a contingency to John the Baptist to question his credibility. They don’t like what he is doing and they are certainly not recognising him.
In the place of the historical signs of God, miracles, presence and power and where commitments were made to Him come generations later cynical, doubtful, argumentative, political nonsense.
John is Baptising in the ideal spot. The glory of God was coming again to this very place. John knows he is not even worthy to be a servant of him.
But they will not know him. They have not understood John and they will not recognise the One greater than him.
This is a sobering lesson for the Church today.
We want a move of God. But if He moved would we recognise Him? Would we be caught up in division and derision?
Some don’t even recognise a new minister never mind a new move.
Some won’t sing a new song so they are never going to worship at the heart of a move of God.
Some won’t say hello to the person next to them in the pew so they are never going to welcome strangers that get saved.
Let us join together and pray “DO IT AGAIN LORD” and believe that He will move again in 2020. But get ready and be open because you might miss Him.