John 1:19-28: Public Confession
“19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leader in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Messiah.’21 They asked him, ‘Then who are you? Are you Elijah?’He said, ‘I am not.’‘Are you the Prophet?’He answered, ‘No.’22 Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”’ 24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptise if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’26 ‘I baptise with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.” NIV
‘He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely…’ (20). These words dig into me because at times I have failed to confess. I have missed opportunities to identify myself with Jesus.
Help me Lord to confess you with my life. I can’t always be speaking about you verbally, but if I obey you I dare to believe that others will see you in me. If I walk in your steps, my life will silently speak volumes. Let me carry your fragrance Lord Jesus; may I ‘smell’ of you. I don’t want to put a ‘lid’ on my testimony; I don’t want to position my candle under a bucket.
Help me to confess with my lips. Forgive me for any sense of cowardice or embarrassment. Fill me with boldness. Enable me to give a reason for my hope in you, when I’m asked. I want to SAY that I am a Christian, and tell what that means, in appropriate ways and at the right time.
And help me please, dear Lord Jesus, to never fail to confess that you are the greatest, and it’s all about you.
This is my prayer today.