The Voice of John the Baptist

Preacher: Calvin Lane

Keywords: grace, john the baptist, repentance, messiah, prophets

Today we hear that most iconic of Advent voices, that of John the Baptist. John is something of a load-bearing character in the arc of scripture -- he embodies the whole prophetic tradition of God's covenantal people, a tradition always pointing to God's promises and God acting. What then does John's voice -- his demanding call for repentance and return -- mean for us in Advent in particular and the Christian life more generally?