The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:3:1 @ In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

kjv@Matthew:3:2 @ And saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

kjv@Matthew:3:3 @ For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

kjv@Matthew:3:4 @ And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

kjv@Matthew:3:5 @ Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

kjv@Matthew:3:6 @ And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

kjv@Matthew:3:7 @ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

kjv@Matthew:3:8 @ Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance;

kjv@Matthew:3:9 @ And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

kjv@Matthew:3:10 @ And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

kjv@Matthew:3:11 @ I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire;

kjv@Matthew:3:12 @ Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.


Note: It is hard to imagine that a forty-two generation composite sample up to our present generation would look all that different from the previous forty-two. Despite our best intentions we are still making the same half hearted efforts with the same half answers, same pressures and tensions and influences. If anything our technological and economic advancements have only exasperated the latent problems.

What is man believing/doing?:

There is an effort on the part of Matthew to point out that there was a large movement of citizens prior to Jesus' ministry to bring revival to the nation in those days. And though mass repentance of this nature is largely symbolic and somewhat duplicitous/hypocritical it is an indication that these many souls were gravely aware that things were not right as a nation with themselves and their God.

What may not be as obvious to us is that these many people are leaving out into the wilderness to one John the Baptist which they would likely not do unless John had already been established in some form as a major prophet. Jesus would later call John the "greatest prophet born of woman" and yet we know nothing of how this prophet was established as such prior to this in order to draw multitudes out from the cities unto the Jordan. Best speculation is that John's preaching so convicted these masses near to the core and that he directly confronted the religious establishment perpetuating these godless influences over them.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

Men don't need to have overwhelming nor genuine faith to be remorseful/repentant. They don't even need the sense of personal guilt. They merely need to see that whatever they have now is not working and that something needs to be done. Well this baptism could be a reasonable new something to try without being the tranformative life altering spiritual experience that it really needed to be. How many of these repentant individuals were later repentant in the manner Jesus meant for it? It is likely that the repentance/baptism for the first alleviated the sense of need for the second or that the expectation placed around "kingdom now" was disappointed by the much different "kingdom is like" and "first Christ must suffer" details provided by Jesus.


Remember that John is established to the point where he has immeasurable influence over events and considerations surrounding Jesus even after his death.

Preparation of the Lord's way may better refer to the harding of many hearts. The mass heart may have to harden in order for the individual's to be truthfully broken through by it's redeemer.

Their repentance here is not going to alter God's time table. God is already doing for them the very best thing that HE can in preparing HIS anointed Son for the baptism that He Jesus will soon undergo.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. repentance for us is often better defined as remorse and not a complete change of course, more people are willing to symbolically perform the one but not the other. It is also fairly easy to be critical of the course of the nation and be sanctimoniously judgmental presumably on God's behalf, be repentant as a means of showing/convincing others to do the same.
  2. Kingdom of Heaven is at hand means 100,000 different things to 100,000 different people. Expectations are placed upon what it is, what it looks like, what form it takes, where each person fits within that, etc... The kingdom is correctly centered as John's platform message, however the present state of listeners have very little conception of what is being spoken of spiritually, therefore the repentance and baptism being represented here is the sum of their multiplicity of vain un-centered expectation.

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