Today’s reading is John 1.
John was one of Jesus disciples, another eye witness. He wrote the gospel “to build faith and confidence in Jesus Christ so that we may believe that He truly was and is the Son of God”. (John 20:30,31).
In this first chapter of John we learn that God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone about the coming messiah. His job was to prepare the way. He was the opening act for the savior. When the Jewish leaders asked John who he was he replied in the words of Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘prepare a straight pathway for the Lords coming!’”John 1:23.
John the Baptist knew Jesus but did not know he was the Messiah until he saw “the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him” as it says in John 1:32. He was the first one to proclaim to the people that Jesus was the Messiah. He did such a good job pointing everyone to Jesus that 2 of his own disciples turned from him to follow Jesus (John 1:37). Which was exactly what John expected and wanted them to do.
John the Baptist was a man with a mission. God gave him a job and he did it. He was bold and convicted. May we be like John the Baptist and always point others back to Jesus. Our savior.