Sandals for Christmas
Sandals – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-18
Key Verse: Luke 3:16
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
The title for this week’s theme, “Sandals for Christmas,” points to the statement John the Baptist made about Jesus’ sandals. In our society, if we could own a personal article of clothing of someone famous, it might be worth a lot of money. If it were possible to say, “I own the sandals Jesus wore,” we could be a very wealthy person. How much would Jesus’ sandals sell for on eBay?
John the Baptist was gaining such popularity that some started rumors that he was the Christ. As soon as John heard that rumor, he killed it quickly. In our scripture passage for today, John is pointing out the greatness of Jesus. John said that Jesus was so great that John felt he was not worthy to untie the thongs on Jesus’ sandals.
If we go back to the first chapter of Luke, we will see that John could have had a much higher opinion of himself. His father and mother are described as “upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly” (vs. 6). Even though John’s mother, Elizabeth, was unable to bare any children and were “well along in years,” an angel appeared to Zechariah, John’s dad, to promise a child to them. Look at what the angel predicted: “…he will be great in the sight of the Lord” (vs. 15). John had reason to be proud. (Continued)
Father, the greatness of Jesus is beyond my ability to imagine! I will give my praise and worship throughout eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.