John 1:35-37

Part of the reason we are here on this Earth is to point others to Jesus. John, after Jesus’ baptism, pointed his own disciples to Jesus. He knew by doing so, especially by calling Jesus by the title, “Lamb of God,” that his disciples would leave him and follow Jesus. That was his intent. His whole purpose was to help others come to God. Now that Jesus was on the scene, John pointed those who followed him to Jesus.

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. – John 1:35-37, ESV

This world teaches us that we’re supposed to focus on ourselves. We’re to try attention to ourselves. Nowadays it feels like the most important thing in our lives should be the “Cult of Me.” When you look at the way we pay attention to celebrities, when we focus on sports and entertainment, and when our advertising appeals to making us feel cooler, more attractive, more important, and more “special,” it’s about the person, not about God.

Looking at our Savior’s example, though, He did an awful lot of pointing to the Father. He was God in the Flesh and He did refer to Himself as the Son of Man and the Son of God. He even went so far as to say, “I AM.” But He was constantly telling everyone who would listen about the Father. He told His disciples about His Father’s house. He talked about God in Heaven as He walked on Earth. 

John pointed others to Jesus. The prophets throughout the Old Testament and the apostles in the New pointed constantly to God. Paul proclaimed his passion for the Gospel, declaring that He was not ashamed of it. Therefore, we are to point others to Jesus. That’s a key reason we are here and not called home.


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