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Humble Witness

Humble Witness

Advent

Advent

As we journey through Advent, we are preparing ourselves for the coming of the Christ child. This week we encounter the preparatory ministry of John the Baptist. John is indeed one of the most prominent characters in the New Testament. He was given the unique privilege of heralding the messianic age by preparing the people for the coming of Jesus’ messianic ministry. The Gospels have many wonderful things to say about John and his ministry. In Luke’s Gospel, the Angel Gabriel spoke of him in glowing terms when he said, “he will be great in the sight of the Lord…. He will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah…. and will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus himself, said of him, “I tell you the truth, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater that John the Baptist…. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.”  In Mark’s Gospel we learn that, “the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him, and were baptized by him, confessing their sins”.

Yet despite all this acclaim, John did not have a lofty opinion of himself. Instead, he presented himself merely as a voice. Although his preaching and baptizing ministry was highly successful he never lost sight of the fact that his role was simply to be a signpost, pointing people to Jesus. As we approach Christmas this year, may we have the same humble attitude of John. May we too be voices who speak out about the wonder of the incarnation of God in Christ and may our lives bear witness to the reality of Jesus presence amongst us.