Updated: Jan 30, 2018
“He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” (John 1:20) (Read full account here John 1:19-28)
“Selfie Time!” This is a call that even my three year old understands. He will strike a pose and smile for the camera. We live in an age of unprecedented self-absorbance, self-obsession and self-promotion. People appear more and more to be “lovers of themselves” (I Timothy 3:2).
Despite his unorthodox dress code and unappealing diet, John the Baptist was pulling the crowds. People wanted to hear what this “wild man” had to say. Despite the following, there was no room on John’s agenda for “selfies”. His mantra was: “I am not the Messiah. I am not the Prophet”.
He was aware of his mission’s directive which pointed in one direction only: away from self to Him; away from the “water baptiser” to the “Fire Baptiser”; away from John, the sinner to Jesus, the Saviour- the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world”
Did John leave his mark on history? Of course he did; but that was not his ambition. It was all about Jesus!
Prayer: Father, in living out my God-given purpose in life, may the theme thereof, whether in word or deed, declare unequivocally- “I am not, but Jesus is!”