Pointing Words

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. John 1:35-37

John the Baptist was a unique man in history. When I think of him, I get images of Michael York in “Jesus of Nazareth” – a wild eyed, wild-haired man, on fire with a message of repentance. But when I read about him in the gospel of John, I get a picture of a man entirely unconcerned with his own status or “ministry”. Each time John opens his mouth, he is pointing people to Jesus. Whether it is those in authority that have come to discover who he is, or whether it is his own followers, John consistently points to Jesus.

And who can forget this verse – “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) Not only does he speak these words, he lives them by pointing people away from himself and toward Jesus.

In this age of self-promotion and ministry-itis, it seems discouragingly rare to encounter a believer whose SOLE concern is pointing people to Jesus. We point people to our church, our pastor, the latest Christian book or song, and all too often to ourselves. But what about the Lamb of God??

Make no mistake – our words and actions are pointing. Where are yours pointing?

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