Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 8:44 am

Day Two - Pointing to Jesus

John 1:19-34

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.  He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

“I baptize with water,” 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.”

This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’  I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.  And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’  I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”

Reflection

While John had a very important role in salvation history, and many even asked him if he was ‘the one’, his ultimate role was to point to Christ, the Messiah who would bring light and salvation to all.  John himself recognized this and shouted out the truth to others about Jesus and how great he was. In his ministry, John was able to recognize Jesus greatness, Jesus as the Messiah, not by his own eyes, but by the Spirit of God revealing this truth to him.

Responding to the Word

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us see and understand deeply in our hearts who Jesus is: the King of Kings, salvation for us and for those around us. Let’s pray that the way we live, the way we interact with others would point to that truth that is being revealed in our hearts- that Jesus is Lord!

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