Today begins Advent and each of the next five weeks, I’d like to share some meditations on the people of the Christmas story from the two gospels that give us the most information about it: Matthew and Luke.
It’s fitting that we begin our Advent meditations on this final day of November – the forerunner of December – by talking about the forerunner of Messiah: John, the cousin of Jesus.
John used his role to point to the Greater One…
…But he had to accept his role, too.
Could he accept the fact that his younger cousin deserved top billing?
Was he okay with being the set-up man?
Listen to his own words, and a few words about him:
(John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
Talking about his younger cousin, he said:
He must increase, but I must decrease.”
And His younger Cousin had these curious about him:
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
That’s the Spirit of the Christmas Story, beloved…
…Listen today as we talk about John on the Pasture’s Podcast.
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