In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”-Matthew 3:1-3 (Isaiah 40:3)

I was flipping through some old journals the other day, and I found this poem about John the Baptist from November 2006. I thought it would be fun to share it with you (with a few edits).

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

“Behold: The Lamb of God!”
Then my head began to nod.
Yes, looking back, I can see
The boy this man used to be.
He always was a different sort
Though He liked games and every sport.
He was gentle, kind and good
Obeyed His mother, worked with wood.
I saw the Spirit land on Him—
The One God promised Abraham
I shouldn’t even tie His shoe
But God sent me to shout to you.
Look! People, can’t you see?
Messiah stands in front of me.
This is Him—the Son of God—
Walking here on muddy sod.
Listen! People, can’t you hear?
The words He speaks: hold each one dear.
His days are numbered here on earth
You are what His life is worth.
It’s not me; it’s Him you seek,
This one you’ll spit on, say He’s weak.
Oh Son of God, my cousin, friend
My life is Yours until the end.

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