Our new daily devotional will be a re-post from Words Of Hope. We re-post this with permission of Words of Hope. God bless you!
December 5, 2019
Read: John 1:6-8
He came . . . to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. (v. 7)
We all know and love the familiar characters of the Christmas story; we set them up each season in our Nativity scenes: Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, angels, and wise men, and, of course, the baby in the manger. But what about the characters of Advent? Are there any? There’s at least one—John the Baptist. John appears near the beginning of all four Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all connect him to the great prophecy of Isaiah 40. John was the voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the LORD” (v. 3). John’s preaching was so powerful that some were wondering if he might be the Messiah, so they asked him. “Not me,” replied John, “I’m not worthy to untie his shoes.”
John the evangelist says this about John the forerunner: “He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light” (John 1:8). John the Baptist wasn’t the light himself; he was just a witness to the light. Later, Jesus would say that John was a light. “He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light” (John 5:35). John was a light, but he wasn’t the sun. He was more of a moon. He didn’t produce the light, he reflected it, by pointing others to Jesus.
Might this be what Jesus meant when he said that we are the light of the world? —David Bast
As you pray, ask that your life may reflect Jesus’ light.