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Monday, January 31, 2011

John the Baptist

John the Baptist is as important as anyone in the New Testament, other than Jesus. Yet he gets little mention today.

Why is the Baptizer so overlooked? Probably because he pushed the spotlight off himself and onto Jesus. "He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease" John said (John 3:30). The fourth Gospel succinctly declares the baptizer's purpose. "There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came to testify to the Light" (John 1:6-7a).

We will spend a bit of time early in 2011 looking at this important man. Read each of the gospels. As you read about John, ask God to speak to you. John the Baptist had a unique role that no one else ever will. There won't be another John the Baptist, but, we are all called to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) who proclaim what Christ has done. Reflect on what we can learn from John the Baptist that helps us in our witness.

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