Last night, after writing a post, I got in the word and
read a passage of scripture I’ve read many times, but as it
sometimes happens, God chose to make a point to me. I was reading
from John chapter 1, where the priests and Levites are asking John
if he is the Christ, and I was struck by the question they asked
John and his response. John 1: 22-23 “Finally they said,
‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us.
What do you say about yourself?’
John replied
in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘ I am the voice of one calling
in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ‘ “

I’ve read that
passage many times, but the Lord showed me the value in that last
night.
John was being asked, “Who are you?”
and he could answer, because he knew his identity. He was sure of
his identity in Christ.
John’s reply, that he was the voice
of one calling in the desert, “Make straight the way for the Lord,”
not only was a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy, but a parallel to
his identity in Christ.
That he is like one in the desert,
desperate and thirsty, crying out to the world, beseeching the world
to be ready for Jesus’ coming! To live pure and make ready the
people because salvation is coming!

John knew who he
was, in verse 20 it says, “He did not fail to confess, but
confessed freely…”
The Lord showed me
that I need to make sure my heart is ready, is pure and right,
because Jesus is coming and our identity in Christ is to make the
world ready for that coming! John knew exactly who he was. Without
question he answered. Do you know your identity? Who are you? I can
answer that. Can you?

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