In Luke 3, John the Baptist’s ministry is summarized as preaching a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins, John denies being the Christ, John points to Jesus, John’s imprisonment is recorded, Jesus is Baptized and Jesus’ genealogy is recorded. John’s total commitment to his call is commendable and challenging. He was committed to the point of imprisonment and even death. He preached the truth, because he knew it was the only hope for mankind. He called sin, sin, so that people would see their sin and need for a savior. He was no respecter of persons in that he was also willing to call Herod to account for his sin, which ultimately cost him his life. Lord, by Your Grace, may I always call sin, sin, and point people to Jesus no matter the cost.
– Bryan McKenzie