What Jesus Did! 'The Famine Is Over!' — Matthew 3:5-6

Thursday, January 19, 2017

People went to hear John. The people came from Jerusalem and all Judea and all the area around the Jordan River. People told the sins they had done, and John baptized them in the Jordan River.
— Matthew 3:5-6 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 3:5-6 NLT — People went to hear John. The people came from Jerusalem and all Judea and all the area around the Jordan River. People told the sins they had done, and John baptized them in the Jordan River.

Key Thought

There is something self-revealing in God's word when presented in all of its liberating and uncomfortable truth. Amos had warned God's people many years earlier that there would be a famine for God's word, a time when the voice of God through the prophets would go silent. John was the re-awakening of God's voice through a prophet. There was a clarity and ring of truth in his convicting message. He called people to a life-change through the confession of sins and baptism. People flocked to hear him, and then changed their lives based on John's message from God. John was not in a convenient location. John didn't have money or power to gain an audience. What was John's attractiveness? God's voice was recognizable in his preaching. The famine was over! People flocked to feed on the truth of God!

Today's Prayer

Holy and Righteous Father, give me a love for your truth and a passion for your word. Through your Spirit, please enable me to understand and apply your truth in my daily life. In the name of my Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Amos 8:11-12
  • Matthew 21:25-26
  • Matthew 11:7-10

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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