Text: “Ye sent unto John (the Baptist), and he bare witness unto the TRUTH…these things I say, that ye might be saved.”
“Sanctify them through Thy TRUTH; Thy Word is truth.”
Good morning, Christian seeker-after-Truth! You are a true Christian because you have been drawn by God’s Eternal love to seek and find His truth. You are now therefore, a daily Christian seeker-after-Truth - because you conscientiously determine to seek close fellowship with the One who has redeemed your precious and never-dying soul, Christ Jesus. Praise God for such seekers-after-Truth!
“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
“...Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord; and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places…” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)
John the Baptist was called of the Lord God to go out and prepare the hearts of the Jewish nation to receive their promised Messiah. John fulfilled his calling, and many were brought to repentance and ritually sanctified from personal sins that they might be made ready to receive Eternal Salvation from Christ Jesus. (John 3:3-8)
In this manner, therefore, many were inspired of God to come unto John that he might point them to the Truth of Salvation found in Christ Jesus - the predetermined Lamb of God - and be graciously saved.
“Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth (Christ the Lamb).” (John 5:33)
John did not seek to draw souls to himself or to enhance his own personal ministry - he faithfully pointed souls to Christ, the Truth personified, for it was only the Christ who could redeem the souls of sinners who were lost.
John’s message was a simple one, but so very powerful indeed: “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
The Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, has come among us for one primary reason - to live and minister for thirty-three and a half years in human form; to suffer on the Cross as an Atonement Sacrifice for our sins; that we repentant sinners ’…might be saved.’
“…These things I say, that ye might be saved.” (John 5:34)
“So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
“For God so loved the world (sinners from all nations), that He gave His only begotten Son (Christ Jesus), that whosoever believeth (trusts and continues to trust) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
John was indeed ‘…a burning and a shining light…’ as he fulfilled his God-given vocation in life - to point the souls of sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who could save them.
Many were most ‘…willing for a season to rejoice in his (John’s) light…’ (John 5:35) However, as we see it so often in latter times, while many are ‘…willing to rejoice…’ in the limelight of some charismatic minister - when the promised persecution and Satanic testing comes, such ’limelighters’ very quickly leave the scene and go off into comfortable obscurity
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13)
John the Baptist suffered cruel martyrdom for his witness to the truth in Christ Jesus. The Master Himself suffered and was ’…marred more than any man…’ because He was in fact ’the Truth’; and we who dare to love Him enough to stand in defence of the Truth shall be ’…persecuted for righteousness sake…’ These are the plain facts of our calling. (Isaiah 52:14)
Yet with all obstacles in mind, Christ Jesus proved He was the God-sent Truth; the only way to Heaven; and the only giver of Eternal life - by the Supernatural ’…works that the Father hath given Me to finish…’ (John 5:36)
Thought: Let’s you and I seek to cry out with John, “Behold the Lamb…”. Let us cry out ’Behold the Truth and live forever! Glory to the Lamb!’