John Stresses Belief

What if your only job was to set someone else up to look good?  To make it even worse, what if you were once the center of attention and then got demoted with the sole task of making your boss look good.  Maybe you are a business owner, imagine giving up that role and becoming the director of marketing.  That is basically what John the Baptist did.  He was the spiritual guru before Jesus came on the scene.  However, he didn’t let his position get in the way of his true purpose.

John, the author, gives us good dose of belief in John 1 right out of the gate.  “He (John the Baptist) came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.” (v. 7) “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (v.12) John wants to set the stage that what he is talking about requires belief.  After the all, the opening clause of John expresses the absolute “otherness” of Jesus.  Without belief one cannot get past verse 1.  We learn two things about belief in this first section of John.  First, belief in Jesus is the only belief that has something to offer.  Two, those who believe become children of God!  What a privilege to be a child of God!  It was by sheer grace that I came to know Him, and the benefits are beyond measure.

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