PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 1:76-80
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“You will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him.” (Luke 1:76)
Here we see the difference between a prophet and a Messiah.
A prophet points the way, the Messiah is the way!
John the Baptist was a prophet, showing people how to be saved, how to be forgiven.
Jesus is the Messiah, saving the people, accomplishing their forgiveness and freedom.
John knew this: “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:28-30)
We are like prophets, pointing people to Jesus.
There is no greater joy for a Jesus-follower than to see Jesus praised, loved, promoted.
Our comfort, popularity, reputation or success is not our main concern – Jesus is!
Every day I “go before the the Lord prepare the way for him.”
Through how I behave, through how I speak, I am representing Jesus.
How do people see Jesus if I’m ungracious, judgmental, impatient, overbearing, opinionated?
Jesus offers salvation, forgiveness and mercy to those who are living in darkness.
Am I reflecting that light, or am I getting in the way of the light of Jesus?
Like the moon, we shine best when we face Jesus; when we eclipse Jesus, we go dark!
Lord, you are meant to shine, not me. I am meant to reflect, not get in the way. May your face shine on me, and may my face reflect you!