Out of the Way

Greetings to Those of High Calling,

In the words of Isaiah,  John- the son of Zechariah, was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord.” Of him Jesus said, ”Among those born of women, none is greater than John.”

What is so great about John? He wasn’t powerful. He had little formal education. He had a following for a while but they left him, and in his early thirties he was executed.

Very simply, John was great because he got himself out of the way. He deflected the loyalties and power he might have had, so that Jesus might take the stage. John’s role was to alert people that a king was at hand. One day, as Jesus was passing by, the Baptist exclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  John's followers left him to follow Jesus ; John had gotten himself out of the way.

And isn’t this the greatest tribute that can be paid to anyone, that they draw people’s attention away from themselves to something greater than they? John became a transparent window through which people could see beauty and goodness on the other side. John brought Jesus into view.

John pointed to Jesus. We too are invited to this high calling.  Take some time this week to explore the way of John through the words of Luke 3:1-9. Allow prayer and reflection to direct your ways, so that you might faithfully point others away from yourself and toward Jesus.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David Jensen

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