Have you ever watched the television show The Voice? Some of our kids like to watch it. It is perhaps most popular with our youngest daughter who has a lovely voice that she uses to help lead worship at church. A few years back, I got to take her to watch The Voice live in studio. She even got to sit in Adam Levine’s chair!
Many singing competitions have been on television, but what makes The Voice unique is that the judges have their backs turned to contestants during their first auditions. All they can hear is the voice – they cannot see the singer. In this way, any influence of appearance or style is removed, and all that counts is what the judges can hear with their ears without any bias from their eyes.
Just prior to Jesus Christ’s stepping onto the stage of human history as the Judge of humanity, His cousin John the Baptizer took the stage as the warm-up act. When the religious leaders asked John who he was, he literally said he was “the voice.” We read in John 1:23 a quote from Isaiah 40:3, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”
What John was saying was that it did not really matter who he was as the messenger. Instead, what really mattered was what he said in his message. John’s message was about turning from sin in repentance and trusting in Jesus Christ.
The same is true of us. We can get so caught up in the messenger that we overlook the message. Messengers will come and go, but the message of Jesus Christ will live on. It is that message that really matters.
Who do you need to talk to about Jesus Christ because you have not clearly shared the message of the gospel?