In today’s study, we will watch John the Baptist come to the same crossroads of choice each of us face when we are maligned, attacked, misunderstood, or mistreated unjustly. Like John, we can either take matters into our own hands, do what feels right, and vigorously defend ourselves from those who wish to cause us harm. Or, we can take the road less traveled. We can submit to the Lordship of Christ, recognize His sovereignty in all matters, and leave the results up to Him. Come what may.
But make no mistake, the road less traveled is a road of graduate-level faith. But it is also the same road our Lord traveled and left as an example for each of us.
The Road Less Traveled
The text we will be looking at today is John 1:24-25:
Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
We will also discover one of the missing keys to the abundant life in Christ promised to each of us (John 10:10) is our faith in the sovereignty of God and the truth that, as our Sovereign, He is our Defender. And if He is our Defender, which Scripture affirms He is, then we don’t have to defend ourselves. This is Lesson One that we can learn from the life of John the Baptist.
Take some time today and read Hebrews 11 and see for yourself what trust in our Sovereign God looks like. And be blessed today.