6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.
27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Are you convinced that when you pray to Jesus that you are praying to God? Do you see Jesus as a Sunday school picture that you or your kids colored pictures of or do you see Him as God Almighty?
Give the testimony of John the Baptist some attention. First of all, John the Baptist (or the baptizer because he baptized those who repented from their sin) was the last Old Testament prophet. What was a prophet? Well, a prophet brought messages from God. God spoke directly to the prophets so when they spoke the people knew that they were bringing the very message from God. Jesus called John the greatest prophet born of women. The people recognized John as a prophet. So, the words that John spoke had God’s authority behind them.
God had told John that the One on whom the Holy Spirit would descend would be the Son of God, the incarnate God, the Messiah in the flesh. When John baptized Jesus the Holy Spirit descended and John knew that God had made it clear, Jesus was God in the flesh.
John did not seek to build his own following but sought to prepare people to follow Jesus. As we read here, John proclaimed that Jesus was the Son of God, the promised Messiah, and two of his followers turned to follow Jesus instead. John was a way -maker, he made the way for people to follow Jesus.
Since the last OT prophet called Jesus God, then we have no doubt that He is. This is He who lives in us through His Holy Spirit. We have God living in us! Whatever is giving you trouble, God is in you. You have the power of God Almighty in you. Give your situation to Him to work out and watch Him work His work in and through your life. John made a proclamation. We know we have Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit of God, as our Savior, Lord, and indwelling God.
I spent Sunday night at Victory Homes. Do keep them all in your prayers. While the boys become compliant what is really desired is their salvation. Pray for the boys there to truly hear the call of God and to surrender their hearts and lives to Him.
Lynne’s mom went to be with the Lord on Sunday. There will be funeral in Florida for her mom this Saturday. Pray for the Massey family, Lynn’s dad and brother during this time.
Sunday was a great day for us at church. I am ever thankful for our church and for those of you who call it your church. We are seeing God’s word shape our lives into His image. Keep one another in your prayers.
Pray for a friend who is making a positive life change but is facing struggles from within and without as she makes this change.
Have a great day in the Lord,