He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:7-9
John was not one to sugar coat things. In fact, he was very in your face. Calling people a brood of vipers was not something that would endear many to you. The Jewish people had become complacent over the centuries. Many had adopted Greek and Roman ways and they had self-identified more with Abraham than God. Into this first century Jewish community cam John with a new message.
Even though He did not mince words John had a large following and even had his own disciples. Part of John’s allure was that the Jews were looking for their promised Messiah. They knew from the writings of Daniel that the time of the Messiah’s coming was now. So they came to the Judean wilderness to see if John was the long waited Messiah.
John was there with a message of repentance. He wanted to get the Jewish people ready for Messiah’s appearance. The Jews were looking for someone who would free them from the Roman yoke. They were looking for an earthly king. In that respect they would be disappointed. God was sending a King, just not the king they expected.
Have a blessed day,