The Witness of John the Baptist to the Son of God

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up at verse 15 of Chapter One.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle writes:

“John the Baptist testifies concerning Him.  He cries out saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.” (John 1:15)
The Apostle John does not go into the detail and calling of John the Baptist as Matthew, Mark, and Luke do.  But John the Baptist was himself a miracle of God.  The other Gospels tell of how his Mom and Dad were beyond normal child bearing age when an angel visited his Dad, Zechariah, who was a Priest, to tell him his wife, Elizabeth, would bring forth a son and they were to give him the name, John.   The angel told Zechariah that the boy would be great in the sight of the Lord, and that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth, and that he would go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.  (Luke 1: 13-17)
The Holy Spirit spoke through his Dad to say, “And you my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace”.  The Word goes on to say, “And the child grew and became strong in Spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.” Luke (1: 76-80
Some 400 years prior, at the close of the Old Testament the Prophet Malachi, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, had penned these words: “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.” (Malachi 3:5)  John the Baptist was born to come in the spirit of Elijah to declare Jesus to be the Messiah.  John grew up in the desert seemingly alone, but the Word says he became strong in Spirit.  The Lord was preparing him for his mission, just as He did for Paul, (Galatians 1:12) after Paul saw the Light, the Lord, on the road to Damascus, (Acts 9:1-17)
John was born for, and with, a mission for his life.  Just as Paul was.  So it is for each of us.  There are no idle births.  There is no one without a mission for their life.  John lived in the desert, wore strange clothes, and ate strange food.  He was unique in his own way.  So are we, in our own way.  God wants to use us in a way He can use no one else.  Let us go forth each day open to what the Lord has for us.  Let us always be a witness for Him by our words, and the way we live our life.  This brings peace, and joy in our lives.  This brings the Good News to others.
May you prosper in all good things, and be in perfect health, God’s Beloveds.  You are greatly loved.
Poppa B.


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