The search for Identity in a world of options
Matthew 3:4 tells us: “Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.”
Why was that man so bold? Being the son of a priest John (known for his baptizing) could have taken the conventional and more successful route of becoming a priest and part of the religious elite. Yet, John decides instead to go into the wilderness and emerge looking and sounding as he does in all four gospel accounts.
What makes John the Baptist so appealing to our culture is his unapologetically authentic self. However, John is not trying to set a trend with his clothing, be different with his diet, or create a platform for himself by his message. Jesus was the reason why John was so secure in who he was. Public opinion, fashion, and fads may change, but with certainty we know one who will not.
Isaiah 40, which prophiesies the coming of John the Baptist begins like this, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” John was secure because he had received God’s comfort not in his political affiliations, career ambitions, or public opinion. John was secure because he knew the Lamb and son of God who came to stand in his gap, forgive him of sins, and call him His own. This is what made him who he was.
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