December 11, 2016
3rd Sunday of Advent
Is 35:1-6,10 JAS 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11
Before he was even born, John the Baptist was touched by the Holy Spirit and knew Jesus as the Messiah long before he could see or hear Him.
Jesus says of John, “Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist”
When God himself declares someone to be the greatest man who ever lived, you can believe Him. As great and faith-filled as he was, John still needed his friends.
Where once he had known the presence of the Lord by instinct, he turned to his friends for confirmation. Go and ask him if he’s the one we’ve been waiting for, the Messiah, he told his friends. Imprisoned for his preaching of truth and his great faith, he still had enough questions to need concrete answers. He needed the community and support of those closest to him to support him in his darkest hours.
If this man, the man Jesus said was the greatest ever born to woman, relied upon his friends to bring him the Good News of Jesus Christ, how much more do those of us who aren’t the greatest ever born need the bolstering of those with whom we surround ourselves?
When we are trapped and imprisoned in the darkest moments of our lives, do we have friends surrounding us who will go in search of Truth for us? Have we, like John, surrounded ourselves with those who will come to us in those lowly moments and bring us the Good News of Jesus Christ?
People tend to rise or fall to the level of those who are nearest to them. Have we made our lives in a way that the people closest to us will be like the friends of John the Baptist and accompany us on our way to Heaven? If not, maybe it’s time to be the friend who brings Jesus Christ to them.
Image Credit: By TSGT JUSTIN D. PYLE, USAF (http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons