Our Christian walk is ultimately not about how much of the Bible we know, how many meetings we attend, our how many good intentions we have – it’s about how we actually live our lives.
John who wrote the Gospel also wrote ‘(we) ought to walk just as He walked’ (live just as He lived) – 1 John 2:6
In John 1:29, John picks up the story of Jesus’ life at a very specific point, introducing Him with the statement ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’. John states sin as mankind’s great problem, with us since Adam and Eve, and presents the sole solution: ‘The Lamb of God’, pointing directly to the core purpose of Jesus’ life – and death.
Jesus’ ministry is often said to have begun at the wedding at Cana where He turned the water into wine, but in fact it started in a somewhat less sensational way, back in John 1:39, when He invited Andrew and his brother Simon to come and spend some time with Him.
I’m always interested in how big things started out. Jesus starts out with a one on one, relational approach, inviting people by word of mouth. We should never underestimate the power of simply inviting people to hear about the wonderful life we’ve found with God.
In a subsequent episode we see Jesus attacking the temple merchants who were cashing in, peddling their livestock for exorbitant amounts. Jesus crafted a whip to drive them out, upturning their tables and scattering their money. Jesus’ passion was for the ordinary people, not the building or the rituals.
John the Baptist was a gifted communicator with numerous followers, but he never exploited his position as a leader nor sought recognition for himself. His response upon seeing Jesus revealed his mission: to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming. We need people with the John the Baptist’s willingness and humility to make a way for Jesus in our world today. John is a true model of powerful ministry. His whole message pointed to one far greater than himself.