Matthew 3:1-12 BEAR GOOD FRUIT
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
John the Baptist is presented as the forerunner for our Jesus Christ. He was preparing the way for the ministry of Jesus. There was no prophetic voice in Israel for a long time – it was a prolonged period of silence. The voice of John the Baptist ends the silence of prophetic voice and he is challenging people to repent of their sins and be baptised.
He introduces Jesus Christ as the judge and he says he is greater than himself and ‘He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’
The Son of God is coming to proclaim the good news of Gods kingdom and the world is judged in the way they are going to reject him or receive him.
John the Baptist tells us an amazing truth. Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Repentance or metanoia in greek nothing but a turn. To turn away from sin and to turn to God. Turning to God should be seen in the way one is living their life. There should be a new outcome. Turning to God should bring out fruits of goodness and godliness. Turning to God and clinging on to God should impact ones life. He was not very happy with the Pharisees and the Sadducees because they claimed that they are special to God because they are children of Abraham yet were ungodly. We can see their state in the manner in which they rejected Jesus and put him to death.
John the Baptist therefore exclaims that Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Jesus came into the world to make people bear good fruit. The Gospel of our Lord Jesus transforms us to be able to bear good fruit, good outcomes out of life. In the end the tree that does not bear fruit is going to be cut and thrown into the fire. We are now preparing ourselves for the second coming of our Lord Jesus, when he is going to separate the wheat and the chaff, what is worthy and what is a waste.
We turn to God with the prayer make me worthy by working in me that I may bear fruit.