Kimberley Reflections – John the Baptist – Revd Martha Sejeso

EVENING PRAYER REFLECTIONS from the Revd MARTHA SEJESO 7 June 2020
 
Good evening my Sisters and brothers.
 
This evening’s reflections are guided by the Gospel according to John 1: 29-34.
 
We encounter the testimony of John the Baptist, that Jesus is the Son of God who cometh to take away the sin of the world. John is probably one of the few people who played a vital role in the life and ministry of Jesus in a short span of time. Yet in this short amount of time, John the Baptist could testify to the fact that Jesus was the Messiah sent to the world to take away our sins.
 
John the Baptist is probably the one character in the story of God and humanity that is fascinating. He wasn’t the conventional prophet that would be seen around the teachers of the law and the life of the temple. However, John lived a life isolated and dedicated to preaching repentance.
 
John the Baptist directed everything to Jesus; even in his preaching of repentance he made sure that he drew all attention from himself. He directed all to Jesus. John was called by God to prepare the world for the arrival of the Messiah who was to save the world from sin. John testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. John shows the way to Jesus. John reveals the reason why Jesus is in the world today. Jesus was the ‘Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
 
Jesus is referred to by John, as the Lamb of God and Son of God. John states three important facts about Jesus and his ministry. Firstly, that Jesus is the Son of God and they share their nature. Secondly, that Jesus is the Lamb of God; this includes both God and humanity: Jesus, in his whole life, lived for God and for humanity. Jesus made the world a better place by bringing the Kingdom of God to earth and joining us to God. God knows us fully because of Christ and we are always invited to know God because of Christ. Thirdly John also testifies that Jesus received the Holy Spirit and he would baptise others in the Holy Spirit.
 
The life and ministry of Jesus is connected to both God and humanity. The person of Jesus is both fully God and fully Human. The death of Jesus signified the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to take away the sins of humanity. God works with his people, for his people. We need to validate the fact that even today is it very much coming to our senses that God works with us wherever we may be.
Like John the Baptist, let us not look at what we can gain from spreading the Gospel but rather let us live for the spreading of the Gospel. Let us point to the world the way to Christ through our deeds. Let us become faithful servants in whatever aspect of our lives. Let us live for the Body of Christ.
 
Blessings
Revd Martha Sejeso
 
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