19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” John 1:19-23
The religious leaders of the day send priests and Levites to John the baptist to inquire who he is. They are curious as to if this is the long awaited Messiah. For John prophesied in the desert and called the people to repentance. Before John came baptizing and prophesying the people had not heart from a prophet in 400 years.
John makes it clear that indeed he is not the messiah. John made it clear that his calling from the Lord was to prepare the way for Jesus. He came as a voice of one crying in the wilderness. John has been anointed by God to proclaim the message of repentance and crying out to the people that the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Just as in John’s day the Lord is once again speaking through many voices in the earth calling God’s people to repentance. Majority of the body of Christ lives in a state of lukewarmness. In nations where believers are persecuted daily their love for the Lord increases because all they have is Jesus. But in nations like America where comfort is the number one priority, people are only willing to go so far in their relationship with God.
The Lord desires something deeper and greater from His sons and daughters. He desires that we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. For when we seek Him with all of our heart is when we begin to live the abundant life that Jesus preached. The reason many in the body of Christ in America feel like something is lacking is because the relationship they have with God is a very shallow one. They don’t know His heart and they don’t know Him. They know may know about the church they attend and the pastors on staff. But if you were to sit down with them and discuss theological topics and questions concerning doctrine many would be unable to answer the most basic questions. We have become a people who have every biblical resource available but who are ignorant to the things of God and His kingdom.