The story of John the Baptist is not something we tend to hear about at Christmas. It’s understandable. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, aka the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 53:5-6). Even so, John the Baptist was important. He paved the way for Jesus’ ministry on Earth. The angel of the Lord said as much to John’s father before John was born:
“And he (John) shall go before him (the Lord) in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah) … to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 KJV).
Think about how that verse ends. John’s purpose on earth was to make the people ready for the Lord. He even acknowledged that the Lord was more important (John 3:30). Sure, John went to prison and lost his life not long after scholars believe he may have had some questions and wanted to make sure Jesus was indeed the Messiah (Matthew 11:2-3). However, we have something John the Baptist lacked. We have more information on Jesus Christ. It’s found in God’s Word, aka The Holy Bible. That’s the same Bible that tells us Jesus Christ is coming back (Matthew 24:1:31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 1:7, Revelation 22:12-17). It also instructs us to follow The Great Commission:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20 KJV).
I don’t know when Jesus is coming back. No man does, and any human being who tells you the time and place is a human being you should distance yourself from today (Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:26). Until that day comes, God wants us to share Jesus with other people. God does not want people to die and go to Hell (2 Peter 3:9, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8). That is why we should share the good news of Jesus Christ. Yes, his birth is what we celebrate at Christmas, but His death, burial, and resurrection allow us a chance to be with Him in Heaven (Romans 10:9, 13).
This Christmas, prepare people for the Lord. John did. We should too.