6 A man came who was sent from God. His name was John. 7 He came to give witness about that light. He gave witness so that all people could believe. 8 John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
I absolutely love the Gospel of John and the perspective that it brings. The way that he sets the scene in this passage is testament to his wisdom and understanding of Christ’s work.
The part of this section of scripture that stands out to me is the concept of John the baptist being sent by God as a witness. John was indeed a great man and Luke 7:28 quotes Jesus as saying that among those born of women, none is greater than John!! What has dawned on me in reading this section of scripture in John 1 as well as the Luke 7 section of the Bible, is that as believers in Christ, we are all sent by God as witnesses in the same way that John was!
I often over-emphasise the “specialness” of the characters of the Bible and set them so far apart from myself that I forget that their call, purpose and passion is also mine. I need to continually put myself in the shoes of those in the word and learn from their strengths, weaknesses, revelations and actions.
Lord, thank you that your word is filled with men and women who are both great and ordinary. Help me to lead my life in a way that honours you and help me to be teachable by not reading scripture as fable or wonderful story, but to continually apply your call to my life as I read.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware