Advent devotional for 8 December 2020 – John 1v6-8 – bearing witness to the light

John 1:6-8

God is truly amazing and nothing is impossible for Him. Yet He involves people in His purposes. He doesn’t have to but He chooses to.

”There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.” Not an angel, but a man. The angels did make the announcements to Mary and the shepherds but, when it came to the witness to point people to Jesus so that they believed in Him, God chose a person. He didn’t choose a king or a general, he called a man who wouldn’t fit in with society, someone people today would say was strange or weird or even mad.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He sent His disciples to make disciples. He didn’t send a king or an army or a professor. He sent ordinary people.

This is what He still does. Yes, John the Baptist had a special mission as the one who prepared the way for Jesus, but his mission points to our mission. “He was not the light”. It was not all about John the Baptist. No, “he came to bear witness to the light.” It was all about Jesus. His words and his life pointed to Jesus. Later he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He would say, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

So for us, it’s not about us but about Him. Our calling is not to draw attention to ourselves but to Him.

May our lives and our words point people to Jesus.

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