Tuesday, December 10, 2019

10. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

Paintings of John the Baptist, whether as an adult or a child often portray him pointing towards Jesus, or to a symbol of Jesus – the Lamb or the cross. The picture, right, by José Leonardo (Spain, 1601- 1653), shows him pointing down to the lamb behind him and up towards the cross on the top of the staff he is holding. Around the staff is twined a banner bearing the words, “Ecce, Agnus Dei” – behold the Lamb of God – the words which John’s Gospel tells us John said when he first saw Jesus. “This is the one you are waiting for – follow him!” How John knows about Jesus isn’t explained, but he sees in Jesus a light that will light up the world and wants people to follow him . John says that his “joy has been fulfilled” when Jesus comes to him. “He [Jesus] must increase, and I must decrease”, says John (3.30).

(For more about paintings of John the Baptist, see this excellent series of videos from the National Gallery)

Have you ever realised that you needed to hand over a job to someone else, that your part of the work was done? How did that feel? Was it easy to do?
How do you point people to Jesus in your daily life?
Who do you admire whom you would like to point others to?

Write to, email or phone, someone who you think is doing a good job and tell them so.

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