In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Matthew 3:1&2
John the Baptist had a definite purpose on this earth… it was to proclaim that the time to repent of sin and turn to God, through His Son, Christ Jesus – is NOW! Guess what? Every follower of Christ has the same purpose. We are here to share the gospel – the good news – of Jesus Christ. It’s our reason for living and our purpose on this planet.
I have a unique way of learning Scripture and enriching my relationship with the Lord. I grew up in a generation that was smitten with theatre – but I had a great interest in religious themed theatre… namely, “Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Every time one of those shows was playing, I did my best to get tickets and take a group of friends to see it. I love the music in both plays. I still listen to those soundtracks in the car – and sing with them at the top of my lungs! It makes God smile – and sometimes He laughs too.
This portion of Scripture gets me singing “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from “Godspell.”
What can I say? You either watch this and wonder what kind of crazy person is writing this blog… or, like me – you see a sea of symbolism in every frame. I cried as I watched it – because I saw people ditching their STUFF and running to the fountain. They knew that whatever they were hanging on to would not be needed – because Christ is all they need. One woman kicked off her shoes – I love it!
Did you see the guy standing on the banks – on the sideline – not getting in the water? He’s the doubter – he’s the one who is almost persuaded. He’s the one we’re ministering to most of all. We love to sharpen the iron of brothers and sisters – and it’s a lot of fun to do that – but we really want to encourage the ones standing at the side – watching – dry – still hanging on to their stuff, because in the world stuff is very important. In the world it’s frowned upon to jump into fountains. Isn’t the world boring?
Will you kick off your shoes and jump into the fountain? Come to Christ just as you are – He cares about you – not your handbag or shoes – not your new hairstyle – none of that matters once you find Jesus. 🙂