Wednesday, June 12, 2019
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
Imagine the joy of John the Baptist as he proclaimed the blessing he received to be the one God asked to baptize Jesus! He knew Jesus to be the Christ, the Lamb of God, the one who takes away the sin of the world. Did he know that Jesus would die on a cross? Maybe not, but he knew that Jesus would accomplish all that sinful humanity needed in order to be reconciled to God. John was privileged to be the one revealing Jesus to the world.
John gave his public testimony, seeing the Spirit descend from heaven to rest upon him as a dove, and proclaiming that God told him in advance how John would recognize God’s chosen Son. This was the work of the Holy Spirit in John. John baptized many people, but John knew Jesus to be God’s only Son when Jesus came.
This was John’s shining moment, to know he was chosen to testify to the truth of who Jesus was. John was happy to fade in prominence, and certainly he had a less than wonderful ending to his life, having his head served up on a platter. Yet John was able to perform a needed task in ministry, as he baptized Jesus. He accomplished all God asked of him, and we remember his work.
Have you had a shining moment for the Lord, a time when you were privileged to proclaim faith in Christ as savior? Know that the Holy Spirit is active in your life, leading you and helping you become and do all that God has planned for your life.
Lord, we learn to appropriate faith through the example of others who show us the joy of knowing Jesus our savior. Thank you for the saints down through the ages who have given their lives in obedience to Christ. Thank you for those who have been our models in faith. Help us be mindful of one for whom we may be an example of faith and godly living – whether a coworker or family member or friend. May we live this day for you. Amen.