How can John the Baptist’s role be relevant today? 

Christianity is not just good views, it is good news: God’s plan to sort the world by sorting individuals by His grace which we receive by faith, filling us with His love which then overflows to others.  

It is the record of God in action, operational  

…. in making the universe using the laws of science and nature;

…. in coming into the world in Jesus experiencing life in a refugee family in an occupied country which we celebrate at Christmas;

…. in raising Jesus from the dead in the resurrection which we celebrate at Easter;

…. in the lives of all those who receive Jesus into their lives through the Holy Spirit.

“For Christ’s love controls us, because we are convinced that one died for all .. that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”  

2 Corinthians 5.

This was the clear refocussing on the historic good news when John Knox preached in St John’s Kirk, and is the ongoing mission of the church today.