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John the Baptist as a Witness to Jesus Christ

The Bible talks about John the Baptist (John 1:6-8): “There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” Jesus said, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John followed the Lord Jesus Christ and never walked in darkness but had the light of life. He became a witness to the true light, Jesus Christ. Yes, he had Jesus Christ in himself. He had the true light of life in himself. He had the gospel. The Holy Spirit was dwelling in him. Jesus was staying within him. Jesus was revealing himself through John the Baptist. John gave the Lord the opportunity for the true light Jesus to shine through him in darkness. He was totally humble, submissive and obedient to the Lord. So, he became a somebody. Therefore, he became great. He became a witness to the true light, Jesus Christ. His job as a witness to Jesus Christ was not of the human origin, but of the divine origin. Therefore, though he should not be accorded the place that belongs to Jesus Christ, he became still great and a somebody because he was sent from God. He came for witnessing to the true light, Jesus Christ, and nothing else. Witness or testimony is a serious matter, and it is required to substantiate the truth of a matter. Witness establishes the truth in the court. It does more. It commits a man. If I take my stand in the witness box and testify concerning the truth, I am no longer neutral. I should commit myself to the truth. I should devote myself to it. I should yield myself to it. I should obey it. I should sacrifice myself for its sake. I should risk my life for the truth. If I as a witness do nothing for the truth in the court, I will be punished by a judge. I will be charged for felony unless I tell the truth, nothing but the truth. I should put priority on the truth. Therefore, witness equals martyrdom. Martyrdom equals commitment. Without the spirit of martyrdom, it would not be possible to be a witness to the truth. Without commitment, it would not be possible to be a witness to the truth. John the Baptist lived a life of martyrdom. He committed his whole life to the job of a witness to the Lord Jesus Christ even to his death. He was killed by king Herod for the sake of the truth. We Christians are all witnesses to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has called us Christians to become a witness to the true light, Jesus. Therefore, we are not neutral anymore. We should deny ourselves and bear the cross on our shoulders in order to follow Jesus and become a fisherman of human beings. We should let the true light, Jesus Christ, shine through our bodies in darkness. In order to let the light, Jesus Christ, shine through our bodies in darkness, we should put the lamp on its stand, not under a bowl (Matt. 5:15). The lamp is our bodies. Putting it on its stand is witnessing among men. Therefore, John the Baptist’s life was full of the Holy Spirit. He was full of the Holy Spirit even when he was still in his mother’s womb. The key words that characterized his whole life were “witness” and “sent from God” and “the Holy Spirit.” The Bible tells us the secret of his birth (Luke 1:39-41), “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, (40) where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. (41) When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”

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