This was not just about God’s eternal wrath over evil, this was about God’s temporal judgment over wrongs done to the earth and to each other.
People came by the thousands, out into the desert, to hear the prophet John preach and to get baptized by him, because of the great spiritual hunger during that time.
the Lord designed human beings with the capacity for God and a hunger for God. God created people in God’s own image, the image of Jesus, and made us to correspond to the Lord. Being made in God’s image means that people are made as personal, moral, and spiritual beings.
Some would be repelled by the light, and others would be drawn to it.
Yet, tragically, most people did not even recognize the light in spite of the Baptist’s testimony.
John was saying this man, this construction worker from Nazareth, was Almighty God himself.
When Jesus was born, it was only about thirty years after the Romans had taken over Israel once again. So, there were plenty of people left who remembered what it had been like to have their own king, their own government, and freedom to live as their own people.
Amos condemned all those who made themselves powerful or rich at the expense of others, by cheating, by perverting justice, and by taking advantage of those with no money and no power.
It’s a timely message, isn’t it.
Life versus Death
Light versus Darkness
Love versus Hate
Belief versus Unbelief.
The scribes understood that Jesus was claiming the same essence as God. In fact the Pharisees told Him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
To support his testimony, and his case that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and to support his claim that by believing in Jesus you will have life in His name, John recorded seven of Jesus’ miracles which acted as supernatural signs from Almighty God, as heaven’s testimony to earth of the truth of Jesus’ deity and work.