“He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie”. (John 1:27)
My dear Children, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
John the Baptist was cousin of Jesus, born a few months before him. His father Zechariah filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the prophecy. John was the one called to make sure everyone was ready when the coming of promised Savior. He will go before the Lord to prepare His ways.
John grew and became strong in spirit. He lived in the wilderness preaching the word of God. He had eaten locust and wild honey and his clothing was made of camel hair. He was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel. He knew he had to prepare for the Savior’s coming, and make sure all the people were ready.
John provided excellent witness to the nature of Jesus Christ. As he began to generate attention, and asked to ascertain his identity, John stated that he was not the promised Messiah. Rather, he was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, the voice of preparation for the arrival of God in the flesh. He said that he was unworthy either to carry Jesus’ sandals or to unloose the thongs. John characterized Jesus as “the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
John preached about the coming kingdom and the need to repent. His message of repentance entailed a deep consciousness of offense to God within the sinner’s heart, with a required reformation of life. John’s baptism involved confession of sin and the forgiveness. When he saw superficial Hebrews submitting to his immersion, without of any radical change of conduct, he rebuked them.
The approach of the kingdom of heaven called forth repentance in the day of John the Baptist, as it does today. When we prepare for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ, let us repent and leave our sins behind and seeking His glory.
God’s blessings upon you!
Fr. Thomas Kadukapillil