John the Baptist, Christmas Story Devotional
Day 16 – John the Baptist is born.   “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19         John the Baptist had a remarkable life. He came to make way for the Messiah and to prepare people’s hearts for salvation, though he did not know ahead of time who the Messiah was to be. He lived a simple and humble life in the wilderness, but was feared by King Herod because of his influence, and was later beheaded by him. The first century Jewish historian, Josephus, who wrote […]
John the Baptist, A Christmas Story Devotional
Day 12 – Expect a forerunner. The prophet Malachi gives us the last recorded words that we have from God before the 400-year period of silence begins between the Old and New Testaments. The time was bleak. There were only 50,000 Jewish exiles who had returned to Judah after their captivity in Babylon. But it was not without a sign of hope. With this last prophet’s words, God closes out the Old Testament history and prophecy. Malachi 3:1 “See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire— see, He is coming,” says the Lord of […]
Jesus is recorded as saying, “the least in the kingdom of heaven will be greater than John the Baptist, who was the greatest person ever born of a woman.” That is quite a statement.  Jesus made some bold statements in his time, recorded in the New Testament.  They were things no one else would claim or dare to say.  If we focus our attention on these bold,  direct statements Jesus said instead of the little details we sometimes squabble over, our priorities might just change.  So what did Jesus mean by his statement on John the Baptist? The kingdom of heaven is a big deal!  The honor of being accepted as a child of God who inherits the kingdom of heaven is greater than anything else we can possibly imagine or do on our […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.