FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
MORE PRIVILEGED THAN JOHN
January 3, 2013
Today’s gospel: John 1:29-34
In today’s gospel we once again see the Trinity at work. God created us to live eternally with Him in paradise as His children, but sin entered and paradise was lost. So God sent His Son as a sacrificial Lamb “who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29c). God also sent the Spirit upon Jesus. As John testified, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.” (Jn 1:32).
In turn, Jesus “is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.” (Jn 1:33d). Jesus cleanses us of our sin and empowers us to be restored as children of God.
God is the Father who loves us eternally and desires that we His children live with Him in heaven. Jesus is the Son who redeems us and makes possible our restoration to the Father. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live like Jesus so that we fully experience the salvation won by him for us.
All this is the awesome tremendous work of the Trinity by which we attain to our eternal destiny. This is good news. This is what we need to share with the world.
John did what he was tasked to do. He did not know Jesus, but baptized people with water so that Jesus might be known to Israel (Jn 1:31). He prepared the way for the Lord. For us we are more privileged. We have met and we know Jesus. We are starting to live like Jesus. And we have the commission to share Jesus, to be made known not just to Israel but to the whole world. We help prepare the way for the Lord’s second coming in glory.
John had to send his disciples to ask if Jesus was indeed the Messiah; we know that Jesus is Messiah and Lord. John was the greatest among those born of women, but we will do greater works. John baptized with water; we, used as instruments by Jesus, baptize in the Holy Spirit. John was the cousin of Jesus; we are the brothers of Jesus.
The Trinity restores us as children of God and brings us to our eternal home. Not only that, God gives us the opportunity to be His instruments for others to find their way home as well. Only as we fully respond to that can we truly say that we understand what the Trinity is about.
“Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (Jn 1:34).
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