Friday, December 16, 2016
“You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. . . . John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” John 5:33, 35-36
At first, the Jews rejoiced in the witness that John gave of Jesus. John was a “burning and shining lamp” that gave light to the divinity of Jesus as the Messiah. And, at first, this was good. But it’s not the “end game” so to speak.
What is the end game? For the Jews, it was to first turn to Jesus at the preaching of John but, then, to come to believe in Jesus because of a much greater testimony. The greater testimony was not only the miracles Jesus performed, but also the power of His Word and His own transforming divine presence.
If we apply this to our own lives, we will see how God initially calls us and then transforms us on a much deeper level. At first, we are often drawn to Christ through some powerful preaching or witness of another. There are many who are called to fulfill the role of John the Baptist in our lives.
But once we meet Christ and come to faith in Him, He Himself will begin to take over our life of faith and prayer. Jesus’ own direct testimony He offers is far deeper and more convincing than any experience we will initially have of Him. As our faith grows, Jesus begins to speak to us in a more powerful and direct way and He Himself testifies to His own divine presence and power.
Reflect, today, where you are on your journey of faith. Perhaps you need the good inspiration of another who gives witness to Christ. This is good in that this person may be John the Baptist to you. But reflect, also, upon how Jesus wants to minister to your soul on a much deeper level. Let His divine presence be what ultimately testifies to you of His love and care.
Lord, deepen my life of faith. As I follow You every day help me to never be satisfied with where I am. Help me to allow You to speak to me on an ever-deepening level. Jesus, I trust in You.
See also: Daily Reflection on Divine Mercy