There is a natural tendency for a leader to want to control things. Control is not always a bad thing. A leader wants things to be in order or a certain way because there is a desired outcome. For example, teachers know that in order for learning to occur in the classroom there must be order or discipline. That is right.

However, control or order becomes a challenge when a leader insists on shaping people to behave in a way that is not beneficial to that person or to that group of people.  The challenge occurs when that leader wants to robotically manipulate others for their personal good and not the good of all.

In St. Luke chapter three, God set the foundation of the message for that chapter by pointing out what had gone wrong.

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

God presents to us the current "powers that be."

      1.  There is the power of Government. The Caesar, Governor, and Tetrarchs have shaped society to what they felt it should be. Their standards were set and there was still disorder.

      2.  There are the High Priests. They set the order and standard in God's sanctuary, and yet they too, had been found to be in want.

Simply put, the standard of the day did not meet up with what God would have it to be.

Therefore, God sent His standard into the world, in the person of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ would appear on the scene to set up a standard that would cut against the accepted standards of the day.

While the Government and the state church had elevated themselves to the highest places of importance, God was preparing to use a man named John the Baptist to introduce the ultimate standard, Jesus Christ.

John was different. John did not live as the other high powered leaders.  John did not stay in places of grandeur; he did not eat fancy food.  No, John lived contrary to those who were mandating how others should live.

God skipped over those easily recognizable and accepted and went to a wilderness where John was assigned to introduce the new and living way.

Ironically, to those of prestige, it would be John the Baptist who would be considered out of control and unacceptable. Yet, John had been specifically pre-chosen for such a time and such a purpose as that.

The control of the government and the religious leaders  failed in producing a people who desired to please God.  What a sad day, when people desire to please government and/or church leaders before or over God. God did not desire that in the days of John, and since God does not change, it is still unacceptable today.

Be sure that you are following the voice of the one that John introduced. John introduced Jesus Christ as the remedy for leaders who were out of control and unfit to represent God’s people.

Be aware and be careful. Follow Jesus and not us. Do not be quick to be men-pleasers, but rather seek to please God. Blessings Abound!

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