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On the Christian calendar we are now in the season of advent. Advent is a season where we wait in eager expectation to celebrate the birth of Christ. As we look at biblical personalities, there is likely no one who waited with greater expectation or anticipation of the coming of Christ than John the Baptist. Even before he was born, it was foretold that John (who was Jesus’s cousin) would be the forerunner to Christ. He would be the one to tell people that Jesus was coming and to usher in Christ’s presence. This was his life’s work. In the same way, we who have a relationship with Christ, should always operate with a spirit of anticipation and expectation about what he will do in our lives. This is both in worship and in our day-to-day journey. Additionally, we must do like John, and tell somebody about Christ. If we who know God, do not share our God with others, they will not come to know and to have the power of God in their lives. Thus, the title, “Jesus is Lord; You Better Tell Somebody.”
Verse 6 – There was a man he was sent from God; his name was John John had a unique call on his life. He was the forerunner of Christ; proclaiming to the world that Christ, the Kingdom of God was at hand. But John was also a common, ordinary person like you or me. This verse could have been written about any of us.
God sent John -this is what the verse says. It is important to know that God is continually sending us into the world. We are his representatives.
This is who you are – an ordinary person doing extraordinary things in the hands of God.
Verse 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. John’s sole purpose was to testify about the light – to testify of the coming of Jesus Christ. And, it was through the fulfilling of this purpose, that Christ came to call John the greatest of those born of a woman. It is here – in declaring the reality and presence of God – that God takes the ordinary and produces the extraordinary.
Verses 8 & 9 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
In these verses we see John’s purpose as the “forerunner”. He is telling of the one who is to come. He is creating a spirit of expectation and anticipation about what Christ will do.
Remember, God is the extraordinary; anticipate the activity of God in your life. And people meet the extraordinary when someone comes and tells them about him. Remember for yourself and for others that Jesus is Lord and make sure to tell somebody.