Lent Devotional: John 1:35-39
by Jonathan Haefs
John 1:35-39 (click here)
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
John the Baptist had one message… Jesus is coming.
The entire point of his ministry was to point to Jesus. This is the point for all who proclaim the Gospel! People that use Jesus as a means to exalt themselves are being counterproductive. Our proclamation is not man-centered, but Christ-centered.
You can tell if proclamation is Christ centered based upon how it affects those who are listening.
John’s listeners left him. They walked away.
Because John had been pointing them toward Christ all along, so when Jesus came onto the scene it was the most natural thing in the world for them to follow after Christ. It would have actually been a contradiction to John’s preaching for them to remain with him!
Christ-centered proclamation produces Christ-centered disciples.
May our goal in word and deed be the exaltation of Jesus Christ so that all may see and follow him!