Chacos, Sandals, and The Gospel

Luke 3:16 “…whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose…”

John the Baptist must have been one manly guy. Matthew’s Gospel says that his clothes were made of camel hair and that he ate locust and honey. In Luke we read that John grew up in the desert. Bear Grylls has nothing on John the B.

In Luke 3:2, we read that God’s word comes to John, and he begins to preach. He begins preparing the way for Jesus. After people hear John preaching, verse 15 says they began to wonder if he is the promised “Christ.” This leads John to make an interesting statement…

 Luke 3:16 says,

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

If you are a Chaco fan like me and you wear them a lot, you know that they can get pretty nasty. In the verse above we read that John didn’t see himself worthy enough to loosen Jesus’ "Chacos." Think about this. John’s view of Jesus was so high that he was not worthy of touching his filthy sandal. Just because Jesus is God didn’t mean that his sandals didn’t get as dirty as the next guy's. Sweat…dirt… animal poop… mud… I think we get the picture. John doesn’t see himself worthy to touch this sandal because it is on Jesus’ foot. John was obviously a very humble man and had a high view of Jesus.

If I am honest, I don’t think I view Jesus like this. I don’t think most of us view Jesus like this. In fact, most of us aren’t thinking about our “unworthiness” to touch Jesus’ sandal because we are too consumed with asking Jesus to "touch our sandals.”

That may not make sense to you. Think about it this way. A lot of times we view Jesus as the servant who is supposed to do things for us. We are focused on asking him to “touch our sandals.” John doesn’t think like this.

So what does this mean? Well, our view of Jesus affects everything. Our view of Jesus affects how we pray, serve, love, view people, view ourselves, read the Bible, work, talk… Do you see where I am going here? Our view of Jesus affects everything. Many of us do not love Jesus much because we view Him as the servant who is supposed to “touch our sandals.” If we will view Him as John did, we will begin to see His holiness, righteousness, magnitude, power, mightiness, and greatness…

So… how do you view Jesus?

Is Jesus your everything, or is He merely a tool you use to help you through hard times?  Is Jesus your mighty and powerful savior, or is he just a name you add to a phrase you say when you are mad? 

See, I think John the Baptist was right. We aren’t worthy to untie and touch the sandals of Jesus.  We aren’t worthy to associate ourselves with him.  But the love Jesus has for us is SO BIG that He reaches down and saves us from our filth. And we have the privilege of calling Him our Savior.