The Word and John
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. (7) He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. (8) He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. (9) The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” - John 1:6-9
“He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30
Concept Summary – The second best man who ever lived.
I don’t know about your kitchen, but in mine there are plates and then there are plates. Up on the top shelf in a special place is the “good china." We only used them for family get-togethers or when a special friend was visiting. It wasn’t to impress them or anything; it was to show honor to them, to show them they were special to us.
From time to time I would cook (either order out or microwave) for my wife. One day, she called from work saying she’d be late and I jumped on the opportunity. Mashed potatoes, green beans, and hamburger cooked just the way she liked them. All on the good china with candles lit and her favorite music playing met her when she finally got home.
And what did she do? I thought I’d messed up when she started crying. The hug that followed next told me it testified truly to her. The food was good too!
John the Baptist was a class act, through and through. If you read the Bible descriptions of him, he comes across kind of scary. In Matthew 3:4, we get a description of him of wearing a camel hair garment with a leather girdle, whose diet was locusts and honey. He must have been an arresting sight.
His message to Israel was blunt. He offered a baptism for repentance for sins at the River Jordan, and he warned folks that God’s Messiah was coming, that if they knew what was good for them they’d get their hearts in order before He got there. He became the media sensation of his time; from the common soldier to Pharisaic rulers, John’s message galvanized the country. God had sent the good china in the form of His messenger.
So, John’s message rings out to us today too. God’s serious about how you respond to Him! Judgment is coming! Are you ready to meet your maker?