In Matthew chapter 3, we encounter the forerunner of Our Lord Jesus Christ, John The Baptist. He was a forerunner in birth as well as his preaching.

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. Matthew 3:1


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His preaching was focus and simple.

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. Matthew 3:2


He identified himself as

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 3:3

But John the Baptist was a very unique person.

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4


In spite of this, it is clear his message resonated with the people.

People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Matthew 3:5


And they responded positively to this message

Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. Matthew 3:6


But there was a group that John the Baptist had very harsh words for.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?Matthew 3:8


Then he gave them this challenge

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8


The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the religious leaders of the day. They were the experts in the Law of Moses as well as the whole of Old Testament canon. It did not seem like they lived up to who they were supposed to be because Jesus Christ had harsh words for them too.



  1. John the Baptist is talking about genuine repentance. But what does genuine repentance consist of? The following passages will help us answer this question.
    1. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26:20
    2. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:17-18
    3. According to these foregoing passages, repentance involves a turn around from your former way into doing things that are consistent with the new life in Christ.


  1. Anyone can claim to have faith in Christ Jesus. You will find people who attend church faithfully and when you ask them if they have given their live to Christ, they will tell you they believe in Jesus. But the key question is this; are there any evidence for this faith in Christ? James says, faith alone is not enough
    1. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:17-18
    2. According to this passage, genuine faith produces good works. While works are not necessary for Salvation, works are a necessary evidence of faith.
  2. John the Baptist and Christ spoke of bearing fruits. John the Baptist challenged the Pharisees and Sadducees to, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8.Christ stated the same idea in the following words
    1. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
    2. Paul the Apostle elaborate what these fruit means

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

  1. Are you a Christian? Are you a believer in Christ? Have you repented of your sins? Then what is the evidence of your faith? What can you show that is consistence with your repentance? Do you have deeds that prove that your faith is a living and genuine faith?
  2. Just in case you do not have anything to show for your faith, then, you may need to have a fresh and genuine repentance. James tells us, faith without works is dead.

In the same way, faith by itself,

If it is not accompanied by action,

Is dead.

James 2:17


Do you have faith?


By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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