February 16, 2020
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Imagine a large group gathering to celebrate your birthday and, while you anticipate being the center of attention, you observe everyone gathered around your best friend instead. How would that make you feel? What becomes of your perspective when you are dominated by an inflated view of self and what you deserve?
John the Baptist lived among a group of people seeking to raise him to celebrity status. Fortunately, John did not want any part of that. Why not? Because John’s whole focus was not on himself, but was consumed with the glory of Christ. In what ways did that focus change his thinking and living?
In the words of Puritan, John Owen, “On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world.”
Here are two questions designed to promote the glory of Jesus Christ in your life.
I. Who is Jesus Christ?
A. His credential – John 1:29
B. His classification – John 1:30-33
C. His clout – John 1:33-34
II. Why did Jesus come?
A. Sacrifice – John 1:29; Hebrews 10:4-7
B. Sin bearer – John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:24
C. Substitute – John 1:29; Genesis 22:8, 13