Here is an interesting thought: the Old Testament ends with a promise that Elijah (John the Baptizer) will come (Malachi 4:5-6), and the New Testament begins with his coming (Luke 1:5-80). Just who was this John?
According to scripture, John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus (Malachi 3, 1 Isaiah 40:3, Mark 1:1-8). John also baptized Jesus (Mark 1:9-11). John pointed the first disciples to Jesus (John 1:35-42), and in all of this, John never took glory for himself (John 1:19-27).
What a person. John came, fulfilled his mission and always gave glory to the Messiah. Few individuals in scripture did as well as John. As a result, Jesus paid John one of the greatest complements in all scripture in Matthew 11:7-19. John was said to be among the greatest ever born, that John was the bridge between the Old and New Testaments, and that people received him for a time.
What is the lesson? May we, like John, point people to Jesus.
Billy Watkins, Minister/Elder
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