Good evening brethren, we have a task before us today to study briefly the life and ministry of John the Baptist and to adapt some lessons that I believe will have a deep impact on our personal life and ministry.
This lesson will be divided into three basic parts as follows:
1. Prophecies and childhood of John the Baptist
2. The life and Ministry of John the Baptist
3. How is this applicable to us?
Prophecies and the Childhood of John the Baptist
John the Baptist was a man ordained to usher in the forth coming and the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1, Matt 3:3, 11:10, John 1:23). The prophecy is clear from all these scriptures read and we can all agree “John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jehovah. Isaiah 40:3 says that John is to clear the way for YHWH (Jehovah). In Mal. 3:1, it is God who says, "he will clear the way before me." Yet we see that the fulfillment of these verses is found in the arrival of Jesus”
These prophecies though prophesied at around 1000 years before the appearance of John the Baptist and Jesus, it still came to pass and John also fulfilled the purpose of his birth, which is basically to announce and prepare the way for the Lord Jesus Christ.
We must identity that his parental faith might – Zacharias and Elizabeth whom the Bible identify as devoted Christians both believed and served the Lord faithfully until they were blessed with their only child – John, through the divine encounter between Angel Gabriel and Zechariah, it is amazing how God revealed the kind of a child he would later become during his christening when his father prophesied under the influenced of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:5-25).
The hallmark of John’s ministry is to be a witness to the ministry of Jesus and to set foundation for the same. We can see from the scriptures that his ministry was to presents to the world the ministry of Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:1; Acts 1:22, John 1:6-8). It is my intention for us to learn some basic lessons in the life of John the Baptist and also see how we can fulfill our ministry even why serving under another person’s ministry.
As we have seen that God was orchestrated the life and birth of John and we all know that God is not a respecter of persons, he does not prefer one to another, this should encourage us therefore to understand the plan and purpose of God for our individual life and as we begin to understand this mission, frantic effort and spiritual preparation is required to be able to undertake and work in our area of calling as we shall see in the early life and preparation of John the Baptist ( Acts 10:34)
Elizabeth and Mary Relationship
Luke 1:41, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8
Here the relationship was birth between both soon to be mothers. Elizabeth has been pregnant for around six months and Mary is also conceived of Jesus, here it appears the Holy Spirit brought them together to foster further relationship even before their birth. As believers we can learn the following...