THE ROAD THAT JOHN BUILT
“When John came he came preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
But how to get it? How to get it?
So here comes John and he’s preaching forgiveness and that is really the only message of hope to a people under such enormous heaviness.
And they knew God was a very forgive God. Micah 7 "Who is a God like Thee who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?"
There's no God like You who forgives sin. They would have known the cry of David in Psalm 32, the cry of David in Psalm 51 that God would forgive him and wash him and make him clean.
They would have remembered Psalm I think it's 103:12 where God says I'll remove your transgressions as far as the east is from the west. They knew God was a forgiving God.
So the Day of Atonement was a picture that God forgives sin and sends it completely out of His presence. They would have understood that. They realized that God as a forgiving God by nature. A great attribute that we have been studying on Sunday in our Adult Bible Class in 2012-13
They (many) understood that there was forgivenss in atonement as indicated by what’s called the scape goat. The goat that takes away the sin to indicate that God removes it forever from his presence.
Zacharias knew this Luke 1:77 , "To give His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins." That is the only way people are saved. That's the only possible way to have a right relationship to God or to get into heaven by the forgiveness of sin
And when they heard that was the message of John the people just flowed out to hear this sermon by John.