Tuesday, December 22, 2009

John's Birth (Section 4d of the Nameless Luke Advent Thingee)

God’s Provision: John

‘Tis the season of the Christmas lights and glitz and everything bright. It’s beautiful. I love the lights – within reason. At their most basic level they’re fun and bright and add to the seasonal excitement. At the most important level, they remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. God didn’t plug in lights to point people to Jesus 2000 years ago. He sent a herald, a forerunner. His name is John. His dad, Zechariah testifies to his purpose. Let’s finish Luke 1 today.

Read Luke 1.76-80

What an honor. He’ll be a prophet. He’ll point people to the One who saves. He points people to the amazing grace of God that brings peace. John has a unique role, a blessing like no other human person has experienced.

This is John the Baptist. We’re no John the Baptist. (I feel compelled to insert: “I know John the Baptist. John the Baptist is a friend of mine. You’re no John the Baptist.) Where was I? Oh, right. We’re no John the Baptist. He’s one of a kind.

But there are some ways we can be like him. We can point people to Jesus. We can point them to the God whose amazing grace can change everything, who can bring life.

This time of year, we can point them to the Baby in the manger who, like John, grew strong and, in time, bore the sin of the world upon His shoulders.

How might you show God’s love and amazing grace as Christmas approaches and, in so doing, point them to Jesus?

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