Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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John 1:15
John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" NKJV

John was of course born before Jesus. In terms of birth then and also of starting his ministry, John was revealed to Israel before Christ. However, he was not ‘the main event’ and he knew it. Indeed, John knew that it his ministry was given to him by the Father of sacrifice and his message was about the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. John was the primary plough sent to churn up the soil and make it ready to receive the Seed. So, John brought with him a purposeful cutting and churning, a great disturbance and with it, the exposing of clods and worms to the light. Yes, his ministry was truly a ‘turning’ and a ‘turning over’ ministry. Even so, with sweat and pushing perseverance like a good servant taking care of His masters field, John proclaimed his message knowing that the Seed which was honored before both him and everyone, was He who had eternal life in Him and was ready to be sewn into that same turned over earth and in the so doing would sprout such goodness, that it would redeem all who might feed on Him.

John knew the purpose of his ministry, you see, and he also knew intimately that great truth which not only empowered his ministry but would also soon so greatly offended the religious scribes, Pharisees and other associated hypocrites, and he captured and proclaimed this truth of Christ’s superb superiority in a simple but all encompassing statement, declaring that: in place, space and John’s personal point in time, “He was before me.”

John knew he had a beginning in God and he also knew that the Christ had no beginning and no end.

Now, if I might put it like this: Every Christian and especially every preacher should have this particular ‘baptism of John’ which makes the proclaiming of Christ both the object and objective of all that we say and do. In doing this, especially the preachers, we must become ever diminishing. Now then, in this age of global marketing, when a preacher and his success is strangely measured by the size of his social media following, his book sales, and his app downloads, we find the devil of the all encompassing religious industry reaching into every area of church life and, God help us all, Satan’s main sales representative is more often than not the preacher himself, ever toting the next new thing. I tell you, un-friend the man who protects himself, promotes himself and projects himself, for with just a closer squinty eyed look, every elect saint should be able to read the branding embroidered on every piece of his smart clothing and perceive most easily that strange watermark embedded in every page of his writing. Do you see it Christian? It reads: “I never knew you.”

I say to you then, that if Christ does not know such men, then neither should you. The great purpose of the church on earth, and its preachers in particular, is to hold up the Savior in all His superb superiority, and to do that, we must all somehow keep ourselves out of view by always directing all men to Jesus as being the undivided object of all our focus, affection and honor.

This is how to truly WITNESS to Christ. Twitter that!

Listen:- John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:27-30 NKJV

Pray: -  Father, let the projection and proclamation of Your Son forever increase in us and in the so doing, may we be eclipsed by his greater glory shining forth from us. Amen and amen.

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