Posted by: Postordinandy | December 31, 2013

John 1 (pt 3)

The candle showing the way to the lighthouse beaming

The sign to the treasure hidden

 

John, just a man with a voice (but what a voice!)

The wilderness echoes with the song of approaching redemption

The empty places prepare to be full

The barren land waits restoration and fullness.

 

John, just a man with a vision (but what a vision!)

The people listen with awe, and – perhaps – understand in part

Washed in Jordan’s flow

Bodies clean, mind and spirit waiting.

 

John, just a man with followers (but what followers!)

Who, when he finds the lighthouse shore

Encourages them to find safety there

Releases them from service, and blesses them with freedom

 

John, a difficult man (but what a man!)

A wild creature of the desert

Who washed the saviour clean

And heard the voice of God himself.

 

“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light… (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) …Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” ” [John 1:6-34]

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