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Feb 27 Devotion: Just Before Jesus Comes!

Matt. 3:1-12– In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

 7 ¶ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

In these verses we find the…

  1. Ministry of John the Baptist -v. 3

  2. Message of John the Baptist -v. 2

  3. Manner of John the Baptist -v. 4-6

  4. Maligner’s of John the Baptist -v. 7  (critics)

  5. Mightier than John the Baptist -v. 11-12

Just Before Jesus Comes!

-v. 11

*look at what John’s message says…

  1. Repent ye!  -v. 2. (Not REMORSE!)

*the lost without repentance have no…

-Redemption!

-Remission!

-Robe of Righteousness!

-Relationship!

-Rest!

**the saved without repentance have no…

-Restoration!

-Revival!

-Recharging!  (Fire!)

-Rejoicing!

-Rewards!

  1. Prepare ye!  -v. 3

*by getting your…

-Priorities in order!

-House in order!

-Affairs in order!

  1. Flee ye!  -v. 7

*from…

-Sin!

-Mediocrity!

-Excuses!

  1. Bring ye!  -v. 8

-Evidence!

-An Offering!

-Sheaves!

Ps. 126:5-6– They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

  1. or… Perish ye!  -v. 10

Note: you may be saved but you may just lose your…

-Life!

-Joy!

-Heritage!

*Jesus is coming soon, are you ready?  -Pastor Doug Foster

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