“THE MESSENGER OF GOD”
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)
Messengers are those people with messages, i.e. “something someone needs to know.” The secular world sends messengers out when sending a simple email, fax or letter is too impersonal or lacks the right degree of importance attached to it. Many times a courier is sent by a large company to an associate or potential client in order to convey the interest the company has or to emphasize the importance of the message’s content.
Messengers, therefore, have enormous responsibilities placed on them by whom they represent. Their messages must be clear and plain to enable the recipient a very thorough understanding of the message’s content. You can only imagine the chaos that could follow a message that had distorted details or failed to accurately represent the sender’s true intent.
God has sent forth messengers down through the years who were to deliver only the message they had received. In our text, Malachi 3:1, Malachi is speaking of a very special messenger who had been given the awesome responsibility of announcing the coming ministry of the most important Individual that has ever visited planet Earth. The messenger who was sent was John the Baptist, cf Isaiah 40:1-5. The message was that “the Christ, God’s Anointed, is coming, and I am preparing the way for Him.” No one mistook John the Baptist’s message; they had knowledge of God’s ultimate message, the Word of God. “As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:2-3). John the Baptist carried out his message completely; he did not shirk his responsibility.
Today, every Christian is a messenger of God and yet too many Christians are too irresponsible and unspiritual to be the messenger God wants them to be. We not only have an awesome responsibility, but also a great opportunity to give out God’s message of love, grace and salvation. “To wit (know), that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:19).
God is pleased and God is glorified when we become faithful as the messengers of God. “As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters” (Proverbs 25:13).
Pastor H. Preston Parker