What Jesus Did! 'Witness to the Light and Example to Me' — John 1:8

Thursday, January 6, 2022

John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.
— John 1:8 NLT

Key Thought

John the Baptizer was an incredible man. He was a prophet, inspired by God's Spirit. He spoke with an authority and authenticity long silent among God's people. He courageously declared the truth to everyone no matter that person's rank and no matter his own personal cost. But ... John was only a witness to God's light — Jesus, God's real Word and only Son. And as important as John was, his importance was as a servant to the light. John freely testified to his function. [1] He knew his role. He refused to be a point of contention. He is a great example to us of what we can and should be to our loved ones and friends — a witness, someone who points others to the truth and light of Jesus.

[1] John 1:15.

Today's Prayer

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for John the Baptizer. Thank you for such a powerful example and such a wonderful person of integrity and humility. Please use me to point those in my circle of influence to the truth about Jesus as I seek to live with integrity and humility before them. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:26-30
  • John 1:29
  • Mark 1:1-4


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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