Read: Start by reading John 1:29–31 out loud.
“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’ ” (John 1:29–31 NIV).
Meditate: John the Baptist didn’t live long enough to see the complete fulfillment of salvation to mankind by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. He did not come as a history teacher to tell what had already happened or as a lawyer to defend Jesus’ innocence. Instead, he came to point the Israelites to the Messiah.
John the Baptist had faith and was led by the Spirit of God. When he saw Jesus, he knew that Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God. It had been revealed to him, and he intended to reveal it to the Israelites. He did not live a life of luxury, yet he fulfilled his purpose. He spoke the truth, no matter what, and for that, he was put in prison until his head was delivered on a plate to Salome, by order of Herod Antipas.
Read John 1:29–31 again.
- Imagine John the Baptist seeing Jesus coming toward him.
- Thank Him for being the sacrificial Lamb of God.
- Listen to His voice as you read the verses again.
The show Extreme Makeover transformed women’s appearances with plastic surgery, dental surgery, beauty treatments, and diet. The big reveal for each woman would usually show the first look at the transformation in front of a crowd of her friends. The show faced criticism since it emphasized outer beauty and ultimately caused the plastic surgery industry to boom.
As we walk with Christ, we experience transformation unlike anything man can accomplish. Second Corinthians 4:16–18 tells about this inner change that happens as we grow in Christ: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV).
In the next few days, we’ll sense the excitement of Jesus’ disciples as they begin to follow Him and to bring their brothers and friends to Jesus. Jesus will transform each one personally, sometimes changing their names and at other times letting them know what He sees in each one. Jesus sees each of us individually, and He intends for us to change as we grow in knowing Him.
How have you changed since Jesus has been revealed to you?
Notice: As you look at each person today, notice how you can point each one to Christ. Point out how God has blessed you, and why you believe the blessing came from God.
Pray: When you put on your makeup today, pray that you will allow Jesus to transform you until you become courageous in revealing Him to others.