John the Baptist was an enigma to his contemporaries. They did not understand who he was or understand his calling. "And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." John 1:21-23.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness. The wilderness is that barren, desolate land, with little water to drink or food to sustain you. It is a spiritual picture of the soul not yet sanctified. It is where the Israelites wandered for 40 years although there was a land of milk and honey just within their grasp. But John prepared a table, a banquet for those weary and hungry souls. He fed them spiritual food, the knowledge of Christ.

John the Baptizer linked himself to Elijah as did Jesus, who said that if you could receive it, the spirit of Elijah has already come. John cried in the wilderness. He proclaimed the Lamb of God unto us. He pled with the hearts of his hearers through their ears. You would have thought that they would be glad to hear the message of their salvation and the coming of their king. But, oh, so little faith.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. You can prepare a table but they will not come and eat and receive life. And you can proclaim Truth to men but you can’t make them listen. Oh, so little faith.