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A little boy wanted to land a part in the school play. He was so excited that his parents were concerned how he would handle it if he didn’t get a part. So when he came home from school they quickly asked him how the auditions went. The boy was ecstatic. He joyfully told his parents that his teacher had picked him out of all of the other kids to sit in the audience and clap as loud as he could.
I think that John the Baptist would have been wanted to land a part in his school play like that one too.
John was “supporting cast” and definitely not the “lead role.” He was the announcer who was to announce that the time had fully come and the curtain was about to rise. He was the light man, not the shoes of the lead man. His part was to shine the light on the main character when He came onto the stage. John’s big line in the divine drama was, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
Artwork from the early Church depicts John the Baptist with an overly large mouth and a hyper-extended index finger pointing to Jesus. John was perfectly content to be known as the “big mouth with the big finger.”
John was born to be a witness. “He came as a WITNESS to bear WITNESS about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear WITNESS about the light.” Continue reading