John the Baptist is a key player in the advent of Jesus into the world. John was the first witness of Jesus’ public ministry. And his example is one for us to follow. Jesus will be recognized in our world only as witnesses point people in his direction…
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
John the Baptist was the advance team for the King. He came first as a prophet, and although many thought he might have been the marquee act, he was not. He was a witness. A witness to the light.
When we are witnesses to the light we keep the focus on Jesus and we re-direct it off ourselves. That’s John. And that should be you and me… Our purpose is ‘so that through him all might believe.’ If we our successful in our witness of the light, people will come into a faith relationship with God through Jesus.
He is the true light. And the truth of Jesus’ entrance and presence in the world is that though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. Even though Jesus was with God and was God in the beginning of time (John 1:1), the world didn’t recognize him when he came.
Which is how the Father wanted it.
The idea of God and a Messiah was off. The people wanted and expected someone and something that was not going to come. Jesus came in humility and meakness as a baby. Born to meager and some might say disgraceful circumstances, he was unrecognizable as God. Why? Because he looks like us. Jesus came as a man to show us that he identifies with every part of our humanity.
And for people to recognize him, there must be witnesses – pointing to the King. When was the last time you pointed someone toward the King? Today is the day.