Join us this season as we RETHINK CHRISTMAS by refocusing our attention on Jesus, who, as the MAKER of creation, was born in a MANGER, taking on all our limitations; who went to the cross, defeated every foe as the rightful MESSIAH, and ascended to be seated on the throne in MAJESTY. Make our daily devotionals a part of your regular rhythm of spiritual growth.
“I did not recognize Him, . . .” John 1:31
Apologetics. A big word meaning a defense of faith. Having a healthy apologetic includes having a substantive understanding of the doctrines of God. There is a definite system of belief, with definite content. Grasping the doctrines constitutes the core of faith, theology, soteriology, Christology, pneumatology, eschatology. Chances are your grasp of these doctrines might be a little shaky. It’s no reason to disqualify yourself from being used by God.
Once in verse 31, and again in verse 33, John says he does not know Jesus. This doesn’t mean he had never known Him or seen Him, for we know he had. John and Jesus were related. It means John did not have it all figured out, he didn’t have all the answers. John had been sent to announce that Christ was coming. And John was powerfully and successfully faithful to his assignment.
In John’s life is a lesson for all believers; it’s not necessary to have all the answers in order to speak in God’s name. Christians sometimes think that before sharing Jesus with others, they must first possess a significant amount of information in order to have a response to every question they might be asked.
The truth is, we will never know enough, there will always be more for us to learn. To share Jesus with others one does not have to know everything. It’s not a matter of knowing, it’s a matter of obeying. God asks us to give witness, not to a Messiah who is about to come, but One who has already come and who will come again.
Stop for a moment and think, we have an advantage over John the Baptist. And yet, in spite of our advantage of knowing Jesus, experiencing His love, we won’t speak up. Instead, we hide behind the excuse we don’t know enough. In reality, what we should be doing is sharing what we do know, while continuing to learn more as we go.
This season, commit to sharing Jesus with at least one other person in the next twenty four hours. Make a list of names inside your Bible and keep track of the outcome of your witness – you’ll be glad you did.