How Can I Keep From Singing?
John the Baptist's Song
This Sunday, we’re focusing on the biblical character of John the Baptist, who is the voice crying out in the wilderness. John Calvin described John as a “lantern which shone in front of the Son of God.” John was single-mindedly focused on his mission, pursuing it even to the point of death. One of my favorite preachers, Fleming Rutledge, commented that John the Baptist feared no man, not even King Herod, and he feared no woman either, not even Herod’s wife, who ultimately arranged to have his head cut off. It is unfortunate that, if people today think of John at all, it is usually as a head on a platter. In his lifetime, John preached repentance and the forgiveness of sins, which is a message we still need to heed. Although this fiery prophet was fearlessly defiant against the political, economic, and religious powers of his day, he was completely deferential to Jesus, the One whose coming he lived and died to illuminate. Let us likewise illuminate Christ with our very lives, for Christ has come and Christ will come again, full of grace and truth.
Music: "A Simple Stable" by Nancy Price / Don Besig
During this Advent season in a sermon series entitled, "How Can I Keep From Singing" we'll spend time reflecting on the songs within the scripture that accompany our Savior's birth. My hope is that these biblical songs will not only inform the songs we sing, but the spirit we bring to this special time of year.