He came as a witness

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. John 1:6-8

In ancient times whenever a king would travel a herald would go before them to let all know that royalty was near, today we call them press agents. These heralds were dressed in finery becoming of the king they served. But when it came to the King of Kings we have John crying in the wilderness. His clothing was rough not what you would expect for a king but exactly what was correct for a King born in a manger.

John was there to draw people to the coming Messiah, yet many thought he was the Messiah. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come at this time in their history. They were looking for someone to throw off the Roman oppression and according to the prophets this was the time He was to appear. So it is little wonder when John started to preach that he was mistaken for the Messiah.

We see today that John the Baptist was not the light but only came to bear witness to the light. John was the herald for the Messiah. He was there to get people ready to receive their Messiah, the Anointed of God.

But sadly even with all of John’s work and all that Jesus did so many missed their chance to follow the Messiah. They were so blinded by what they thought the Messiah should be and do that they lost sight of what God intended. Nothing much has changed two thousand years later.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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