John the Baptist is considered the final Old Testament prophet. Though he is written about in the New Testament and lived at the same time as Jesus, he functions as the last Old Testament prophet pointing the way to Christ. As he fulfills this role, many have begun to wonder if John himself is the Christ, or if he is possibly one of the older prophets living again to prophesy once more.
History is full of those who would falsely claim to be the Messiah. The pride of the human heart is such that it is not hard to imagine one boasting in being mistaken for the Christ. We often desire to see ourselves as more than we are, and we often desire for others to think we are greater than we are. Some of the most tragic events in history have been tied to those who would falsely claim divinity. But John the Baptist would have none of this. He knew that he was being used of God to point the way to the One who was truly Great. He pointed to the One who was Prophet, Priest and King. He pointed to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:30) John would even refer to Jesus as one “the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1:27) John the Baptist had appropriately contrasted himself with Jesus, and knew that Jesus was also his Savior. He did not want others to seek salvation in his name, but he wanted them to seek salvation in the Name of Jesus.
Have you sought salvation in Christ? Join us as we discuss this further during worship this Lord’s Day, January 2, at 5 PM at The Commons at St. Andrews Church. For directions, click here, or feel free to contact us for more information. You can also join us on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.
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