Saturday, December 19, 2009

12/20/09- John 1:6,7 Witness to the Light

(john in the wilderness by Isaacs)
Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

John 1:6,7
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.

Calvin Abridged: Not only did Christ exhibit himself to be seen by human beings, but he chose also to be made known by the testimony and doctrine of John as his herald so that they might more willingly receive the salvation offered by him. This witness of John was not need for Christ but for us. He was sent by God. Some boast that they were sent by God when they are not. John means “acceptable to God” 7- “He came for a testimony”- He was called to prepare a Church for Christ, by inviting all to Christ. He did not come on his own.

Thoughts: John was sent from God to point others toward the light. His message was basically, “The Light is coming… The Light is coming… the light has come…” He was trying to get people to look away from the darkness of sin, and repent (turn around) and look toward the light. Today we need a John the Baptist to wake us up. We need someone to say we are heading in the wrong direction, away from God and toward our own selfishness and our own hell. But not many are bold enough to speak. In a world of evil, the good go into hiding and are not as bold. We need someone like Elijah (a forerunner of John) that would stand up against a hundred false prophets to say there is only one true God.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for those who boldly witness for you. Help me to be bold for you this week.

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