The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on John the Baptist witness of Jesus Christ.
There was a man who was sent from God; his name was John [the Baptist]. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
Observation and reflection
Context: This portion of the prologue to John`s gospel announces the purpose of John the Baptist`s role in the life in ministry of Jesus.
1. Carefully list everything that the gospel writer records about John.
2. John the Baptist came to witness.
a. Where does one usually find a witness?
b. What is the task of a witness?
3. John was not ‘the Light’ then?
4. The gospel writer records ‘so that through him ALL might believe’. Who does “ALL” refer to?
a. Can you recall the specific incident of witnessing this refers to? [See John 1:29-34].
b. What was the result of John’s witnessing then?
c. Why is this witness significant –even to you and me today?
Personal reflection and Application
John the Baptist`s witness had three important elements: (1) he was not the Light, but (2) was sent to bear witness of that Light (3) so that all men might believe. We are all commissioned to bear witness of our life-altering encounters with Christ, and this summary of John’s witness is helpful to our witnessing.
1. Reflect personally on John’s witness.
a. John ‘was not The Light’; how would it change your witnessing if you were not The Light?
b. John was to bear witness of ‘that Light’. How do you bear witness of ‘that Light’ effectively?
c. John was to bear witness ‘so that through him all might believe’. How does this emphasis change the way you bear of witness of Jesus Christ?
2. Recall one personal life-altering encounter you had with Jesus Christ. Briefly write that out to witness of The Light as John bore witness of that Light.
Thank God for his work of grace in your life, and pray as disciples prayed in Acts 4:29 for boldness to witness of what Jesus has done for and in you.