You have a message that you want to get out there to the people. So, you make a sign. You make it larger than life, then you post that sign outside of the city. You put it up far away from the masses in the desert. But wait…why would you do that? You have a message for people. Shouldn’t the message be delivered where the people are? No, you wouldn’t put your sign out in the desert…unless, location was part of the message.
John the Baptizer was God’s sign posted in the desert. He was posted outside the crowded streets of Jerusalem, far beyond the walls of the temple. Anyone who wanted to hear God’s message had to take a trip into the desert, into a place known for its emptiness.
Sometimes, to hear God’s message, we have to go into the desert.