John the Baptist points to Jesus
My Bible Plan took me to the Book of John today – John 1-3.
It’s an emotionally roller-coaster! Yesterday, I was reading and reflecting on Jesus’ death and Resurrection and today back to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry again!
John leaves us in no doubt as to the identity of Jesus in the first few verses, let alone the rest of the book. Jesus is not just a man; He is the eternal Son of God. He is the light of the world because He offers the gift of eternal life to all.
In the first three chapter of John, after John has made it abundantly clear who Jesus is, I read the following stories and events:
· John the Baptist declares his mission & tells of Jesus.
· John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the Messiah.
· The first disciples follow Jesus.
· Jesus turns water into wine.
· Jesus clears the temple.
· Nicodemus and the ‘Born again’ conversation with Jesus.
The key verse which is the gospel in a nutshell is found in John 3:16:
‘For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever should believe in Him will have eternal life’ –AWESOME!
And today, the story that stuck out for me was in John 3:22-36, when John the Baptist talks more about Jesus. An argument began with Jesus’ disciples about Jesus baptisms being the best. Some people went to John the Baptist and told him that people were preferring to go to the other side of the Jordan River to be baptised by Jesus rather than John. It is easy to grow jealous of the popularity of another person’s ministry, but our true mission is to win people to follow Christ, not us. John knew this.
John’s response was so humble and gracious. John really knew who Jesus was, he knew his own role and purpose for Jesus and he was rejoicing in people going to Jesus. John takes the opportunity to talk more about Jesus and continues to point people to Him, John says:
‘God in heaven appoints each man’s work. My work is to prepare the way for that man so that everyone will go to Him. You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for Him – that is all’ John 3:27-28
John stated earlier that he was not even worthy enough to untie Jesus shoe:
‘I baptise withwater,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know.He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’ John 1:26-27
And John says in John 3:30:
‘ He (Jesus) must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less’
John really knew who he was in Christ; his role and his purpose and he really knew who Jesus was.