There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light. John 1:6-8
He was there to show the way to the Light.” I like that. I think that’s what we’re all here for. John was a man who knew his mission and took it seriously. He was self-denying and self-taught, studying the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming Messiah, whose messenger John was meant to be.
He had apparently never met Jesus, though they were near relatives. It could have been seen as some sort of scheme cooked up between the two of them—if they’d been friends, and then John started preaching, “The Lamb of God is here!”But he said the Holy Spirit had told him that when he saw the Spirit coming down on a man and staying there, that was the One. And he testified honestly to that when he did see it
He had been preaching for some time, telling the people to repent, because God’s new kingdom was close, right in among them. The leaders from Jerusalem actually took him seriously enough to send a delegation asking him who he was. Was he the Messiah? Elijah? “The Prophet?” No, said John, no, no, and no
“Then who are you?” they demanded.John replied, “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”“Well, then why are you baptizing?”“I only baptize using water,” John told them. “A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”
GOD I haven’t been given the same call as John the Baptist. My job for You won’t be as dramatic. I certainly won’t get to baptize the Son of God! Yet, in a way, I do have the same call. I, too, am called to shout into the desert of busy earthly life, “Make way for God!” I, too, am to tell people the kingdom is near—right here! And I, too, am a son or daughter of God. Who knows? I may someday be called to baptize other sons and daughters of God. In the meantime, I want to be a son or daughter who is known for telling the truth, standing up for the kingdom, and bringing it ever closer
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