What Do John the Baptist and I Have in Common?

13 Oct
"Beheading of St. John the Baptist" by Massimo Stanzione c. 1634

"Beheading of St. John the Baptist" by Massimo Stanzione c. 1634

In late September I finally reached the New Testament in the chronological Bible that I am using as a devotional.  Reading about John the Baptist recently (who was single by the way), I’ve noticed something new and interesting.

 While John prophesied freely from the banks of the Jordan River, this happens:

 

…John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”  

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  John 1:29-34 NIV

 

Later, after John had been imprisoned and was facing possible death, this happens:

 

Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”  When the men came to [Jesus], they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?'”  Luke 7:19-20 NASB

 

In times past I have been assured by God, assured I say, that I am, indeed, to have a loving husband.  Through a series of coincidences I have been made certain that God was speaking and confirming to me that Grace is the name of the daughter whom I will one day bear.

 

Lately, though, because summer has ended and I do not see any outcomes taking place that I had hoped for, because my feelings were hurt when my deep-like was unrequited, because WB is getting married and I am not, because I have no idea who will escort me to WB’s wedding though I have been praying, because I am still here and I have not advanced myself in the areas that matter most to me, I have been fighting off a little voice that tells me that I am on my own and God has forgotten me.  That I will never marry or be a mother.  I have been fighting.

 

John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah.  There was no greater man born of women than he.  His birth was a miracle and fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel.  But, like me, when John could not understand what was happening in his life, John’s faith faltered a bit.  What he knew for sure, he began to doubt.  He needed reassurance from Jesus.

 

I am in good company it seems.

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