Scripture: “And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’” (Matthew 3:9)

Observation: John the Baptist is preparing the way for Jesus. He is chastising a group of Pharisees and Sadducees who were snooping around. His warning is sharp – “there is wrath that is coming, but your stature in society and your lineage as Jews will not save you – only fruit bearing repentance will!” John tells them in no uncertain terms – you will not be saved simply because you are a Jew (having Abraham as your father).

Application: Today, Christians struggle with the fact that the Jews are God’s “chosen and loved” people. But does that mean that they have a guaranteed salvation simply because they are Jews and descendents of Abraham? This verse makes unequivocally clear – that the answer is NO. Salvation is granted only to those who repent of their sins and believe in the name of Christ – the Lamb of God for whom John is preparing the way.

Prayer: Father, thank you that I need not be a descendant of Abraham to inherit eternal life. Thank you for saving me through the birth, death & resurrection of your Son, Jesus! Amen.