Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The One Whom God Sent Speaks God's Words

John 3: The One Whom God Sent Speaks God's Words: The Charm of Home

John came to pave the way for Christ.

22 Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people.

23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. 24 (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25 A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew[i] over ceremonial cleansing. 26 So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.”
27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. 28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ 29 It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
John 3:22-30
Jesus was beginning His ministry and John was going to preach less. John knew Jesus was going to preach the word of God because Jesus was the Messiah. 
31 “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.[j] 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! 33 Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit.35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. 36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
John 3:31-36
Have you ever asked yourself the reason we are here. Why did God put us on this earth? 
We are here to glorify God. 
"'Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’” Isaiah 43:7
Just like John's whole mission was to glorify God and proclaim the coming ministry of Jesus. This is what we should do. 
I never understood why Jesus himself said:
"I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!” Luke 7:28
I couldn't understand why Jesus would say that about a man. Then He showed me that John was on earth preaching of the coming kingdom of God. The souls in heaven were in the kingdom. No one on earth had yet received the kingdom of God because Jesus had not risen yet. (John 16:7) But John was a great example of living to glorify God and John did it to the very end.

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,

I will be linking up with these parties:

Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Soul Survival link up
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Breakthru Linkup at Breakthrough Homeschooling- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups


http://alsoadaughtersgiftoflove.blogspot.com/ said...

How true this is and I am always careful to say if something is my opinion and be clear about what the Bible says, I know some of the things I hear people say were not God's Word.

janice15 said...

I too at one time in my life asked why was I here. My parents said I was a mistake... but I now know that is not so... I’am here for Christ to follow in his footsteps to glorify him and God Almighty.. Late Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year with the Lord.. with love Janice

Curtains in My Tree said...

Peace Be with you and all who Love God's Words

I love that picture of the transferware dishes, it took my breath away for a second, I'm OK now LOL

Happy New Year

Cathy said...

Yes, we are here to glorify God! And we are so blessed that He counts us as His children!

I'm visiting from the 'Faith on Fire' link-up.