Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
John 1:6-8, 19-28
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." 21And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." 22So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26John answered them, "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
We all like to be the first with news. We can’t wait to tell someone about something we know or have just discovered. During the children’s time at church, the kids can’t wait to tell Pastor Todd their latest discovery, incident or encounter. When we buy something new like a car, furniture, big screen T.V. or golf club, we want our friends and family to share in our joy.
In the story of John the Baptist, we see an example of someone who is excited about having the news the Savior. When John was still in the womb, Mary came to visit Elizabeth; He leaped in the womb in excitement of the presence of the Savior. Later when he is telling his followers about Jesus coming, he is excited to say that there is one coming after him that is the Messiah. John was a perfect example of how we should be excited to spread the news of Jesus and his plan for our lives in the Kingdom.
Let this season of advent remind us that Gods promise of a Savior came in the gift of Jesus and that he transforms us to live a life reflective of Him, to point others to know the Good News.
Chuck and Barbara Berryhill