John 1:6-9 “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
Continuing on in the first chapter of John, we are introduced to John the baptist. This John is not the same John who wrote the Gospel of John, but rather John the Baptist is the cousin of Jesus’s biological family.
We can see in the first verse that John was sent from God, not sent of his own accord or his own desire. That is the key to ministry: being sent by God. There are many out there who send themselves, rather than are sent from God. That’s not always a bad thing, as it’s good that our heart seeks to glorify the Lord. However, unless the Lord sends us, we will truly struggle to continue during the hard times because we are running on our own gas rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. Those men and women of God who answer the call of God on their lives, and who are led by the Spirit, stand out among others!
The second verse tells us plainly that John was sent, to bear witness of the Light (the Word of God come in the flesh as we’ve seen), so that all men may believe. John’s purpose and goal was not to glorify himself or gain “followers” or get noticed. Rather his job was to bear witness and prepare hearts for the Lord of Glory.
Verse three reminds us that John was not the Messiah, rather was merely sent to bear witness OF the Messiah. This is a good reminder for many people. Those in leadership need to be reminded that when it comes to ministry it should not be about us. It should be about the One we are representing. We should speak what God wants us to speak, and we should always keep Him in mind rather than our reputation or notoriety. Often this becomes difficult when we must speak publicly. It is easier for some of us to remain outside of the public circle and live life with just us and God only. However, we can’t shine the light to the world, unless we allow ourselves to be seen by the World. Yet as we get seen by the world it is quite a sneaky thing that we begin to look at the people we are talking to, more than the One we are supposed to be speaking of: God. John had to remind people that he was merely the messenger. Let’s remember that for ourselves (and other ministers) as well, right?
The last verse in today’s set of verses, tells us again of the Light “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
We see that the True Light, lights every man that comes into the world. There are a couple of things in this verse. First, we can recall that the light is the life of men. Everyone alive owes that life, to a touch from the light of the world. And second, no one alive is exempt from the Truth that the True Light of the World brought, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter whether someone wants to believe it or not, it doesn’t make it not true. We all need the Lord Jesus. And even though many believe that there are many ways to get to heaven, or that they can make it to heaven through being good or through their religious ceremonies or any other religious figure or god…the Truth is there is only One Way to heaven. John 14:6.
Thank you for reading, I’ll continue to pray for you and ask that you pray for the rest of the Body of Christ worldwide. We will continue onward in the rest of the chapter, but until then, Keep on keeping on!
Love and Prayers in Christ,
Your brother always,