Third Sunday of Advent
In Luke’s account of the ministry of John, his first spoken words were, “You brood of vipers!” John was not handing out candy. He was not going for Miss Congeniality. John was the set-up man for Jesus. He was a prophet of the old school. His job was to deliver the Word of God no matter the cost.
The Word is: Repent. And the Word is: the Messiah has arrived.
Jesus did not change John’s message, for him it was more about what to do after repenting. It is not possible to be a follower of Jesus without repenting and turning away from all sins, sins that cause harm to other people and to God.
If I want to join an exclusive club, I must be willing to follow their rules. I may have to give up doing some things I once did. It may cost me time and money.
God’s club is not exclusive, but it does have rules, two to be exact: love God and love all humans. That seems to be too high a price for many people, but it is that easy. And that difficult.
What is the reward?
Adonai has removed the judgments against you,
he has expelled your enemy;
the king of Isra’el, Adonai,
is right there with you.
You no longer need to fear
that anything bad will happen. CJB
At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home. NIV
Why would anyone refuse to join God’s club?
Be righteous and do good.