Blocking the son?


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!


  1. John announced the coming of Jesus – as the Messiah that was prophesied. He faithfully announced the mission given to him by God to “give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins”. Today, that task is passed on to us. How are people to know about Jesus unless they see and hear about him? Lord, help me be faithful in representing you!

  2. Light.
    God created light n the beginning and also in Jesus Christ my Lord.
    He continues to give us the Light this day to break through the darkness and show the Way in which to walk. He continues to guide me and show me the Way. Help me daily to walk in Your SonShine Lord and may others see that Light shining through me. His SonShine, His Light is my joy and strength each day anew. May others see that Light in me.

    Lord the light of Your love is shining
    In the midst of the darkness, shining
    Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
    Set us free by the truth You now bring us
    Shine on me
    Shine on me

    Shine, Jesus, shine
    Fill this land with the Father’s glory
    Blaze, Spirit, blaze, Set our hearts on fire
    Flow, river, flow
    Flood the nations with grace and mercy
    Send forth Your Word, Lord And let there be light

    Lord, I come into Your awesome presence
    From the shadows into Your radiance
    By the blood I may enter Your brightness
    Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
    Shine on me
    Shine on me

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