This is repeated twice in today's short scripture and is what you should build your Sunday around.
Sure there is much other to observe if you look. We can see in verse 29, John giving us a clear title for Jesus in " Lamb of God".
We can learn much about the prophet John by seeing that God had given him his mission to bring awareness " make straight the way for the Lord", the need for a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. We can see that God gave John a way to know for sure who Jesus was when He saw Him.
We know that John knew Christ was from before, meaning That Jesus always was here.
But most important to my thinking this Sunday was that John still needed to learn about Jesus, to KNOW Him and then to reveal Him to others.
That's where we come in, to also "make straight the way for The Lord", to reveal Him to others.
This is the responsibility that John was given and this is the responsibility that Jesus gave to His disciples (including us) when He left.
I eluded to this role of ours as it relates to each other a few weeks ago when I quoted the story of the servant left in charge of His fellow servants. We read about it again when we saw a couple of weeks ago our role as shepherds. And now we can continue that theme if we pull it from today's scripture.
The scriptures had pointed to Christ but the Jews needed Him revealed to them according to what we read in today's scripture.
Now today we have the whole Bible that if not explained to people would in most likelihood confuse them. What do we have in place today to do this explaining?
In some instances we have missionaries in the world who do a wonderful job at revealing Christ. I don't think we as a whole do enough to help aid them.
In some instances we have churches who do a fine job as well. And we have families that can raise up their children in the way that reveals Christ. But do either of these do as good a job as they used to?
When you look at how the beginning church did it, when you look back at how it was done even just 100 years ago, how do we measure up? With the technology we have available to us in this generation how do you think we are doing?
Quote the talents scripture here Matthew 25:14-30
Everyone who reads this has the ability to do more with what they have been given then generations past. Imagine if every one of us supported, created, or led a ministry that reveled Christ to those who do not know Him.