“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone,.. was in the world, yet the world did not know him.
“And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, ‘I am not the Christ. I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as the prophet Isaiah said. I baptize with water, but among you stands one,.. the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.‘ The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.’ The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.” John 1:5-10,19-20,23,26-27,29,31,34-37
From before he was conceived, John the Baptist was foretold to be a witness to Jesus, and his life reflected that prophesy in wonderful clarity. (Luke 1:14-17)
He who was sent by God was on his mission and was never dissuaded from it. When given opportunity to claim some notoriety and credit, he identified himself as only a voice- don’t look at me, behold the Lamb. His purpose was to proclaim, and that he did in word and deed. He also made clear his aim, to point people to Jesus the Light, the Lamb, the Son of God, in order to know Him, to believe and have life and salvation in His name. John’s witness was pure, the proof of a Savior he knew, and proved in the power of changed lives: those who heard his testimony turned and followed Jesus.
If I know Jesus, His light burns in me and shines through me to a dark world. I, too, am called to proclaim. Is the voice of my life clear? Is there anything I do with words or in action to diminish clarity, to steal the tiniest bit of His glory for myself? Do I try to be more than a voice, to be noticed with the greats, to take over receiving a little affection, attention, or applause? (Matthew 5:14-16)
Not all will receive, not all will understand; the way may be lonely, and some may even mock. But we are called by God to prepare the Lord’s way, to point others to Him, and He is the One to whom we are accountable. John was imprisoned and ultimately killed for the truth he spoke, yet many believed for eternity. He who exalted Jesus won His commendation, and that is all that matters. (Matthew 3:1-4; 11:11; 14:3-11)
Lord, make me like John, intent on reflecting You and boldly witnessing of Your truth to the world.