Summary: It is sometimes difficult to really describe what a mans man really is. John the Baptist helps us to understand what a man truly is. Series on Mark (Fathers Day Message)
A MAN’S MAN
Men do not know who they are as men. Rather, they define themselves by what they do, who they know, or by what they own. –
Alexander Mitserlisch, counselor
Who are men today? What comprises manhood?
The Average Male Is…
• Is 5’ 9” tall and 173 pounds.
• Is married, 1.8 years older than his wife and would marry her again.
• Has not completed college.
• Earns $28,605 per year.
• Prefers showering to taking a bath.
• Spends about 7.2 hours a week eating.
• Does not know his cholesterol count, but it’s 211.
• Watches 26 hours and 44 minutes of TV a week.
• Takes out the garbage in his household.
• Prefers white underwear to colored.
• Cries about once a month—one fourth as much as Jane Doe.
• Falls in love an average of six times during his life.
• Eats his corn on the cob in circles, not straight across, and prefers his steak medium.
• Can’t whistle by inserting his fingers in his mouth.
• Prefers that his toilet tissue unwind over, rather than under, the spool.
• Will not stop to ask for directions when he’s in the car.
Men’s Health, quoted in Parade Magazine, 12-29-91, p. 5
Mark give us a good description of a Man’s Man in John the Baptist.
I. HE KNEW HIS PURPOSE FOR BEING HERE
A. John the Baptist was the prophet foretold in Is. 40:3
B. He broke the 400 years of silence.
C. He had a clear message:
1. “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Today we live in a wilderness of knowing Christ.
They tell us that more people are looking to religion for help in their lives, yet it is not Christianity that they are looking for.
Plurality is a very popular belief.
2. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
We need to point them to Jesus.
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32
3. Make His paths straight.
Today we live in a world that And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
We are here to share the truth!
D. We as real men have a clear purpose in which God has put us here on earth. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: 1 Cor 5:20
II. HE HAD PROOF OF HIS MINISTRY
A. People followed John and responded to his preaching.
B. These were Jews and look what they responded to:
1. were all baptized by him in the Jordan River
There were differences between proselyte baptism and John’s baptism. While proselyte baptism was self-administered, John baptized those who came to him. But baptism surely was a humbling act for the Jew. In effect, it implied that just as a pagan must undergo baptism to enter into Judaism, so the sinful Jew must join the ranks of the pagan and enter into relationship with God in the same way as the Gentile.
2. confessing their sins.
Jews of that day believed their salvations was dependent upon who they belonged to not who they believed in.
These were Jews who “agreed” with God that they were sinners.
C. Real men have proof of the ministry God has given them in the fruit of their lives and people who respond.
III. HE WAS PROPER IN HIS ENVIRONMENT
A. Look at what John wore and ate. v. 6
1. Identified with Elijah. Zecharias had been told that his son John would go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). Elijah was described as “… a hairy man with a leather girdle bound about his loins” (2 Kings 1:8). John’s attire was designed to associate him with Elijah and his ministry.
2. Signified separation. What he wore was not what the common man wore that day. Neither was what he ate.
John was to be a Nazarite. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. Luke 1:15
3. Revealed application of the message. The call of repentance is for compassion to all people. He identified with the poor and needy.
B. Real men present an appearance of the inward qualities that God gives them. He does not try to be someone he is not created to be!
IV. HE KNEW HIS POSITION v. 8
A. Many times men believe it is all about them.
B. They are the important person.
C. Not John. “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.”