Testify Series: Day 2

John 1:29-51

Big Idea: God takes people who have made messes and mistakes and redeems their lives to bring about His purposes. How can we make ourselves more faithful, available, and teachable so that we will be ready when God calls us to our next adventure?

John the Baptist did not recognize Jesus as Messiah until God told him. God had told John to look for the sign of The Holy Spirit descending like a dove. I love that God put a calling on John the Baptist’s life before he ever even recognized Jesus. John the Baptist parents had to play a big role in training him up in the fear and admiration of the world in preparation for the ministry he would be doing. As a mom this inspires me to keep pointing my children to Jesus.

He was baptizing so that Israel might witness Jesus, too.

When He saw the Holy Spirit descending “like a dove” resting upon Jesus, John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the chosen one of God.  

John the Baptist was an offbeat guy living life in an unusual way yet he made a big impact with his life. As modern day women we are reminded over and over again on social media to be relatable, relevant, and tolerant. John’s approach was the opposite, living in the wilderness as He was waiting for God’s will, devoting His life to paving a path for a hoped for Messiah, and speaking up in defense of plain biblical truth even when it landed him in jail. 

With his life, John the Baptist pointed to Jesus. He was faithful, available, and teachable. John was faithful to God and to the nation of Israel, he made himself available to service to God as he was waiting on His word to become fulfilled, and he was teachable as he listened for God’s voice and guidance. His ministry was blessed for it. 

Witnessing Jesus’ baptism two followed Jesus. Andrew saw what happened, followed Jesus, and told Simon, his brother. Jesus met Simon and changes his name. He sees who he is–“a pebble”–and what he will be– “The Rock.” So Simon became Peter and began to follow Jesus. 

Jesus began to call more disciples. Phillip and Nathaniel were next. Jesus pointed back to scripture as Nathaniel joked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”Jesus then tells Nathaniel, the jokester, who he really is. Imagine Jesus’ voice as He describes Nathaniel as a “genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” It makes me wonder how He would describe you and me. What a gracious Savior. 

He tells Nathaniel that He saw Him praying under the fig tree, yet Nathaniel thought He was all alone. Nathaniel believes and Jesus promises he’ll see much greater things. 

Jesus tells Nathaniel he’ll see angels going up and down from and open heaven to Jesus. This is a throw back to Jacob, the schemer or jokester from the Old Testament who God renames Israel. When Jacob is running away from his mistakes and troubles, God gives him the vision of a stairway to heaven with angels going up and down. Jesus is that stairway. God takes people who have made messes and mistakes and redeems their lives to bring about His purposes.  

How can we make ourselves more faithful, available, and teachable today so that we will be ready when God calls us to our next adventure?

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for Day 3. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you,

Emily