"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
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We are human and limited, trying to understand that which is divine and limitless. We have trouble enough comprehending what we can see, but we can be totally confounded by that which is beyond seeing. We think in terms of time and place; God is eternal and unlimited by space. We know there is more; and so we sing what is both a hymn and a prayer: “Open my eyes, that I may see?/?glimpses of truth thou hast for me; /?place in my hands the wonderful key?/?that shall unclasp and set me free.”1
Perhaps as we pray those words, we discover we have uttered part of the answer we are seeking. (God sometimes works that way!) We cannot comprehend all truth; but if our spiritual eyes are opened, God does grant us “glimpses of truth.”
Throughout the Bible we catch “glimpses of truth” as we read, guided by the Holy Spirit. Within Jesus’ teachings, we are given some of our fullest “glimpses of truth” through parables. Drawing on that which is familiar, Jesus made plain what was otherwise hard to comprehend. Sometimes a parable answers one question only to raise others, but even those questions may offer “glimpses of truth.” A parable can be the “wonderful key” that sets us free.
Unfortunately, there are also times when we do not want to open our eyes.