Read John 1-2
Highlight: John 1:32-34
Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 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.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
When I read this passage from the Bible it stands firm to me that God’s Chosen One is the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. The dove represents our holy faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as God’s Chosen One. And by John’s testimony we know this to be true.
In a courtroom a witness is one who swears to tell the truth about facts he or she has seen or knows that are pertinent to a case being tried. It is expected that a person listed as a reference on someone’s resume will share truthful information about the applicant’s character or job record. A witness is of little use if he or she evades or manipulates the truth, because then we cannot trust either the witness or the information we are told.
John, meaning John the Baptist, gave his testimony. He was there; he saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven as a dove. Unlike an ordinary bird, this dove, the Holy Spirit, remained on Jesus. John said that he was told prior to Jesus’ baptism that this would happen, and that this person John baptized was God’s chosen one. We can trust the truth of his words.
John was bold in his testimony and in his ministry out in desert. He did his work with integrity and faithfulness. I pray to be bold in the work and testimony God asks me to give in everyday encounters with others. I hope others will receive the truth of my testimony and believe I am worthy of trust.
Dear God, I am but an imperfect vessel, one with cracks and imperfections on even my best days. Yet I want to be a witness for you. I want to give a good testimony out of the truth you have led me to believe. I believe Jesus is my savior. I believe he is your chosen one, and that he died for me and for the sins of the world. Use me, Lord, to your honor and glory, through the grace of my savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.