Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
September 28, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<470> Thesis: The message from heaven is that being self-absorbed, without repentance, will result in God's fiery judgment. Introduction: Because John, the son of Zacharias, was ultimately known as a "baptizer" of people unto the message that repentance alone will deliver one from the wrath of God (Luke 3:7), Jesus deliberately chose to confront the massive crowd of people with what they "saw" when they went out in the wilderness to see (and hear) him. Though there is a myriad of details in both physical creation and divine revelation (Psalm 19), there are occasions when the vast majority of those details are swept aside in order to place a central principle "front and center". With three questions, Jesus did such a "sweep job". When He asked whether the people had found John to be a reed, both influenced and broken by the wind, He was asking them to decide if he, and his message, was believable. This morning we are going to look at the second question/answer that Jesus set before the people: when you went out to see John, was he wearing the garments of royalty? This question, like the prior one, was Jesus' way of asking the people to decide something about John and his message. What that "something" is will be the issue beneath our magnifying glass this morning.