John 1:29 Recognizing Jesus

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

Every day as people walk through stores or other businesses, they can recognize friends that they see. Sometimes they will be excited to see each other, but most times they are just glad and visit for a moment, then move on.

When someone sees someone who is famous, they will get excited and want to tell everyone about the famous person. For years they will continue to talk about seeing or meeting a famous person.

As John was baptizing people, Jesus came walking up to him. John quickly tells everyone that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Jesus is someone who is known about by many people around the world. However, very few actually know who Jesus is, they only know about Him.

The world will talk about Jesus as being a good person or a great teacher. Many will acknowledge that He actually did exist and was a man who walked upon the earth for a time.

However, their recognition of Him usually stops right there. All they see Him as is just a man, like everyone else.

Those who have chosen to allow their spiritual eyes to be opened and really see, will recognize Jesus for who He is. They will know that He is the One who takes away sin. Jesus is not just a good man or a good teacher, but the Savior.

Alongside with recognizing who Jesus really is, true believers will also be willing to tell others who He is. They will get excited at pointing people to Jesus as the Savior who takes away all sin.

You must be willing to ask yourself who Jesus is to you. Are you seeing Him as the world sees Him, just a man or a teacher? Or is He the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world?

If you do not know the answer to those questions, you must read the Bible and see who it says He is. Seek God to have your spiritual eyes opened to the truth of who Jesus is.

If you know who Jesus truly is, then you must be willing to tell the world who He is. Do not be silent, but be excited in seeing Jesus and let everyone know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to remove the sins in your life; that your spiritual eyes will be open to seeing Jesus; that you will be excited to see Jesus; and that you will point the world to Jesus.

Matthew 11:4 Report What You Hear And See

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:” Matthew 11:4

Everyday people are asking questions about what is going on in other places. They are asking questions about people and situations to know and understand better.

No one can be in every place all the time, other than God. So people need to hear from others about what is occurring. This can occur when people who see and hear what is happening are willing to talk about it and pass on the information with no bias or changing of what they heard and saw.

John the Baptist’s sent his disciples to find out if Jesus was the one they were expecting to come or not. Jesus told them to go back and report what they had heard and seen.

God is always working, doing things in the lives and around the lives of every person on the earth. Not everyone can or is willing to see or hear what God is doing.

Yet, there are people who are questioning whether God is real or not. They hear some information about Jesus, but are also hearing information about the Islamic god, Buddhist gods, Hindu gods and more. Some realize there appears to be conflict of truth and want to know what is real.

The eyes and hearts of believers have been opened to know that Jesus is real. They have seen and heard things to make God real to them.

When this has occurred in their lives, it gives them a prime opportunity to talk about what they have heard and seen. During those times when a person is questioning who God or Jesus is, the believer can talk about what he has heard and seen personally.

Once people hear about Jesus, they can make their own choice as to whether to follow Him or not.

You have seen and heard God do things in your life and around your life. Instead of keeping that information to yourself, be willing to share it with others.

This is being the witness that Jesus commanded every believer to be.

There are people in this world that need to hear what you have heard and seen to be able to make the choice to believe in and follow Jesus. Do not be the one that is silent and does not allow them that opportunity, but report what you have heard and seen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others what you have heard and seen of God; that you will be the witness God wants you to be; that God will draw others to Jesus through your testimony; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 3:1-2 Time To Repent

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2

Warnings come all the time, everywhere a person goes. Most warnings are to alert a person of danger ahead. Most often it is a physical danger that is physically ahead.

Some people either do not see the warning signs or just ignore them and fall into dangerous situations that harm them or even kill them. Others heed the warning signs and take caution to avoid the danger.

John the Baptist comes on the scene telling everyone to repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.

When most people hear about the kingdom of heaven, they think of peace, joy, and no suffering. While these are true aspects of heaven that most will desire, most will ignore the requirement to get into heaven.

God is a perfect and holy God who cannot be around sin. Since He cannot be around sin, He demands that His followers become sinless. Once man has sinned, there is no way for himself to become sinless.

Jesus has provided the way by dying upon the cross and paying for all those sins. All a person has to do is repent of those sins and follow Jesus.

Just as in the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus is very close to returning to bring an end to this world and bring judgement upon all mankind.

Knowing this, today is the day to repent of all sins. God is waiting, ready and able to forgive of all sins. He does not anyone to die in their sins and miss out on heaven and eternity with Him.

Every person needs to repent of all sins today, while there is still time.

The call that John the Baptist had for the Israelites still holds for you today. God’s kingdom is even nearer today than it was during his time.

If you have not done so already, today is the day to repent of all sins. Turn away from all sin and follow Jesus with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Do not allow another day to pass without repentance. God has great things in store for you in this life and for all eternity, if you will follow Him with all of your life.

Repent for Jesus may return today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; and that you will look forward to the return of Jesus.

The Prisoner In The Third Cell

Title: The Prisoner In The Third Cell
Author: Gene Edwards
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date: 1992
Pages: 128

This is a short story on the life of John the Baptist. The author takes some liberty to fill in some of the gaps that the Bible does not provide. Nothing that he adds to the story can be shown to be against anything in the Bible.

John the Baptist is seen, from childhood through his life, that he keeps his focus on doing only what God wants him to do, regardless of how hard it may be to do it or the consequences of doing it. When John was put in prison, he sent his disciples to Jesus to find out if He was the One expected. Jesus’ final words to those disciples were that the person is blessed who is not offended with him.

This book shows John wondering why things were not going well for him, but constantly remembers the final statement of Jesus. He does not realize how great of a work he was doing at the time.

In one of the final chapters the author challenges the reader to keep in mind that God is a sovereign God who cannot be fully understood. His ways are above man’s ways. When this is kept in mind, all the problems of life are acceptable because they have gone through the hands of God.

This book will challenge you in how you view God and how you view God’s control in problems in your life.

I highly recommend you to read it. It is a short easy read. It only took me about two hours to read it from cover to cover. It was well worth reading.

Mark 1:7 More Than I Am

“And this was his message: After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” Mark 1:7

John the Baptist comes on the scene out of nowhere. He is different. He dresses and eats in a way different from those who do public ministry. His message is also very different. John is working on preparing a way for the Savior to come.

In this verse it sums up what John’s message is: someone more powerful is coming. This person is so powerful that John states that he is not worthy to even untie His sandals.

Two thousand years ago it was a very low, degrading position to be the one to stoop down and untie someone else’s sandals. That has not changed to this day.

What would you think if you were told to stoop down and untie the shoes of your boss at work? Most people would be saying no way would they do that because it is below them. They would not be willing to be humble enough to lower their pride and do that.

John, in his humility, realizes that the coming Savior would be so powerful that even in his low state, he would not be worthy to untie His sandals. This was not said in pride, but out of true reverence for the one who was coming.

Often people would be willing to say the same type of statement, but it would be out of pride, rather than reverence. People are not willing to allow another person to be worth more than they are. Respect and honor for those whom it is due, is not very common.

John was talking about the coming of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus came first as a baby, He was and is the Creator of everything. Man in his sinful self, has absolutely no right to even look upon Jesus. Yet, God in His love and mercy has allowed man to look to Jesus for salvation for their souls.

Realize today how great Jesus really is. Get a vision on who Jesus really is. Who is He in your life? Are you preparing the way for His return?

I pray today that God will reveal to you who Jesus is; that you will honor Jesus above everyone and everything in your life; that you will prepare the way for Jesus to return in your life and in this world; and that God will guide you in spreading the message of salvation to the world.