John was like a lamp, burning and shining , and you were willing for awhile to enjoy his light.
Yes but how quickly the excitement can wear off especially when it comes to the truth about our Saviours teachings. John was the forerunner presenting Jesus to the people(Jews) and at first they were clamoring to hear John.Most were trying to figure him out,much like today when we witness to others ,they’re trying to figure us out.Trying to see if we stand up to what they think a Christian should be,and just what we should be doing. It’s quiet funny really,how can you figure out what a Christian should or shouldn’t do,when you’ve never been one. John keep right on preaching about Jesus and while he was teaching and preaching out in the wilderness it’s okay,but don’t bring your teachings any closer. Don’t come near the good town folks because they’re not having any of it,especially when it goes against all they’ve been taught down through the years. Even though the teachings are wrong and will not bring forgiveness or salvation the fight goes on. Just as soon as John started to run into man-made traditions,He had a real problem. Then the good town folk turned against Him and began to persecute Him. And if we think we will be treated any better we’re in for a real surprise,for Jesus said Matthew 10:16
16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
We have no idea yet how much we will suffer because we belong to Jesus,but He surely has given us many promises to hold onto while we’re going through. As we get into God’s word we learn of the many different trials and tribulations our ancestors went through victoriously and this should give us hope and strengthen our faith.
Matthew 10:24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher;no slave is greater than his master,in other words if Jesus had to suffer what about us. Jesus humbled himself to please His Heavenly Father and so must we. We are looking forward to great joys,stand strong,our God is more than able to keep us and help us through.
Love in Christ Pat