People need direction. When traveling from Central Michigan to Nashville, it is necessary to go through Indianapolis. There is an Interstate highway that circles the city and connects with Interstate 65, the direct route to Nashville. The problem is, there just aren’t that many markers telling travelers, “This is the way!” My wife and I usually get lost and circumnavigate Indianapolis whether we want to or not.
There are sign posts pointing the way to salvation. One of them was a rough, plain-speaking man who preached near the Jordan River.
John did a remarkable job pointing out Jesus to others. He used his voice to declare, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29 ESV). If anyone needed directions to Jesus, all they had to do was listen to John. He told them. That was why he was born. The angel of the Lord told Zacharias, John’s father, “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared,” (Luke 1:16-17).
The Jews have been looking for the Messiah for more than 2,000 years, but, if they listened to John and the New Testament, they’d find him. John pointed him out and told people what Jesus was sent to do: “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Do you know the Messiah? Many think that question is foolish, but there are many who do not. About 15-years ago, a group of preachers and teachers went to Russia to share the gospel with the people there. One man came up to us and asked us what we were doing in his country. We said, “We’re teaching people about Jesus.” He said, “Who is Jesus? I’ve never heard of him.”
There are many people who have never heard of the Messiah, but want to know about him. Let us take on the work of John and point them to Jesus, “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” All one needs to do this work is a mind, a mouth, and the determination and dedication to point the way.
Do you want to help point people to Jesus? Get a Bible, learn and obey the truth and then you’ll be prepared to start showing the world the Lamb of God. You are needed. As Jesus, himself, said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” (Matthew 9:37).