“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said “After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me. I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” John 1:29 – 31
John’s life was about pointing people to Christ. In verse 31 he states “therefore I came” acknowledging that the whole purpose for everything he was about was that Christ should be revealed. He understood that the purpose of his life was to reveal Christ.
When the Pharisees asked him why he baptized, he didn’t give his pedigree. He could have pointed out that his father was a priest, that his birth was announced by an angel, that there were prophecies given of his life and ministry. He defended himself only by stating his purpose (the voice of one crying) and then announced to them “but there stands one among you”. He didn’t really need to be validated by those around him. He just needed to do what God sent him to do. That was good enough for John.
John even pointed his own disciples to Jesus. He wasn’t building his own ministry or his own following. He wasn’t interested in establishing some great work in his own name. He knew that the bridegroom was coming and it was enough for him to be the friend.
In a day when so many in American Christianity have become seduced by the “destiny teachings” that tend to focus on us, maybe we could find our way back to realizing that the destiny of each believer is simply to reveal Christ. Oh that ours also may be lives that exalt our Christ!
To be continued…
“He didn’t really need to be validated by those around him. He just needed to do what God sent him to do.” Amen. John was on a mission, and that mission was not about him.
I also appreciate your thoughts about “ destiny theology “. Some have attempted to make salvation man-centered, but it is God-centered. I am enjoying your study on John. Thank you for breaking it up into bites. Blessings.
Thank you David and Happy New Year to you!