You and I have more in common with John the Baptist than we may think. The son of Elizabeth – who was a cousin to Mary the mother of Jesus – this John received the divine, God-given assignment of announcing the arrival and purpose of the ministry that would be the first coming of Christ to earth. In a very real way, God has assigned today’s Christian a similarly important task. It goes without saying that Light to whom today’s Scripture refers is Jesus Christ, the very Son of God. Simply put, He is Light who provides the path that leads us to God the Father; there is no other. But just as John was called “as a witness to the light” that would dawn some 2000 years ago, we likewise to serve as witnesses of Christ’s presence from the here and now until a) He calls us to our heavenly home or b) He returns to earth at His second coming.
In Greek – the original language in which the New Testament was written – the root word associated with witness is synonymous with someone who bears record of or reflects. The implication here is as astounding as it is humbling. Think of it: Jesus chooses you and me to serve as the conduits through whom His light – His truth – is reflected outward and into an unbelieving culture.
Prepare the Way of the LORD – Jeremy Riddle
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