The testimony of a man of God who knew his place when the Messiah came and understood who Jesus was…to an amazing depth, a knowledge granted by God alone.
Reading through the first chapters of the Gospel of John this morning (May 27, 2004), I reached chapter 3 and verses 27 to 36. It is a relatively familiar passage of John the Baptist speaking to his disciples, but somehow in my mind, I had incorrectly attributed the last 6 verses to Jesus. That may sound insignificant, but it isn’t. John the Baptist is often remembered for his baptisms preceding Jesus and then for his doubt and questions after he had been imprisoned. What is often missed in that bio is the depth to which John understood Jesus’ deity.
Doubt can plague even the greatest of men (Luke 7:26-28), and John, when he was in prison, was no exception. Nevertheless, Jesus reaffirmed at that time what John had known from the beginning. What greater testimony can John give than this:
“He who comes from above is above all…The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey (believe in) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides in him.”John the Baptist, John 3:31,35-36 NASB
John understood who Jesus was, His place in the Godhead, and the salvation that comes only through Him. This was the “voice of one crying in the wilderness, saying ‘Make ready the way of the Lord.'”
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