Title: Tough Love from God
December 5, 2010
Text: Matthew 3:1-12
Have you ever taken one of those surveys where they ask you to name two or three people from history that you'd like to have dinner with? Predictably, a lot of people choose Jesus. Also a lot of people choose great individuals like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill. Or they'll select great entertainers like Bob Hope or Elvis Presley.
I can tell you one person that almost no one would ever choose for a dinner party and that would be John the Baptist. John was probably one of the most dramatic preachers who ever lived. He attracted huge crowds to hear him deliver his fire and brimstone sermons and to be baptized at his hand. One time, Jesus said that John was the greatest man ever born (Matthew 11:11). What does that say about you when Jesus Christ admires you and says you are the greatest person ever to be born of a woman?
But as great as he was, he was also pretty strange. He lived in the desert and he wore camel skins. He ate a diet of locusts and wild honey.