Who Was John the Baptist?

John the Baptist – Who Was John the Baptist?

The Christmas story continues from John 1:6-9 with the introduction of John the Baptist. He came to tell the world about Jesus without looking for star status for himself. John knew who Christ was. Do we?

So, let’s take a closer look at John the Baptist. In John 1:6-9, we look at some of the secrets to John’s identity. As a disciple of Jesus, John was a “witness” to Jesus‘ ministry (John 1:7). He was also considered a prophet to announce Jesus’ coming (John 1:8).

As Jesus calls John a great man, we should observe his humble example. We start by serving God faithfully, and remaining committed to what we believe–even in the face of adversity.

John’s legacy is a shining example of what it means to be a true disciple of Christ.

The Christmas Story – Who Was John the Baptist?

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.

He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. – John 1: 6-9 NASB

The Life and Impact of John the Baptist

Reflectors of The Light

As Christians we are closely related to John the Baptist. Frankly, we are not the source of God’s light; we merely reflect that light. Jesus Christ is the true Light and He helps us see our way. In the same way that John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ, we too are called to prepare the way for others to see and experience God’s love.

Because unbelievers aren’t able to experience the glory of Christ’s light firsthand, Jesus chooses to reflect his light through his followers to an unbelieving world. Through us, Jesus’ light shines in the darkness and guides people to faith.

Our Job is to Go & Tell

We are commissioned to share Christ to others in a gentle and understanding way. Ultimately, if we remember that our mission is to share the love of Christ with others, being gentle and understanding will open more doors. And, this can serve as a bridge to draw others closer to Christ and His teachings.

What you do speaks so loudly; I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” ~ Zig Ziglar

One of the best ways to express yourself as a Christian is by your actions and the way you are ready to help those who do not yet understand.

Actions are an outward expression of internal character and values. To act as a Christian is to:

  1. show respect to others,
  2. be truthful, reliable and trustworthy.

No, it’s not just about telling the truth; it is also about behaving honorably. Honesty and character go hand in hand. Actions directly reflect believably.

Our mission in life is to …

  • Go
  • Serve
  • and Share.

John The Baptist Reflected the Light – Do We?

Truthfully, the mission of John The Baptist was a simple one: To show others the way to Christ’s salvation.

No matter what we do in life, as witnesses for Christ we should remember that He is the source of true light. It’s not us. God shines–We reflect! Let that knowledge serve as a guiding light in all we do. As we interact with others, we can use it as an opportunity to connect with them in casual conversation. We can share how they can benefit from the light of Christ in their lives.

Consider the impact we can have as we share all the blessings that Christ has given us! Thank you John!

Love in Christ

– Bob

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