There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
In the pages of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke. John) we receive the detailed account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Most of us have found that Jesus comes alive for us as we read these stories with a faithful heart. When that occurs, the purpose behind John’s gospel is achieved.
The Evangelist John tells early on of the work of the Prophet John (John the Baptist) as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. That’s what happened in my life as I came to read the four gospels for myself.
Pretty soon, the newly-elected deacons and elders will begin their officer training. One of their assignments during the next four months will be to re-read the gospels, focusing on a chapter from these stories of Jesus each day.
It’s not a bad practice for all of us. Belief is reinforced as we come face to face with Jesus.
Thank you, God, for giving me the Word, so that I too can come face to face with Jesus as I read and believe. Amen.