What is happening in this scripture?
John opens his account of the Gospel differently than the other three. He opens with a poem, telling the reader about the history of the Word and declaring that God is among us in the Word made flesh. Likewise, John the Baptist spent his career declaring that the Messiah was among us. John the Baptist’s declarations confused many of the more powerful leaders of the day; in this week’s scripture, we see John declaring for all to hear who Jesus is: “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Come and See:
Jesus’ first words in the Gospel according to John are a call to his first disciple. These disciples heard John’s proclamations and began following Jesus. I love this response because it so closely mirrors our own spiritual journeys. If we follow Christ closely, God – through the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit – will invite us to “come and see;” to witness the works that God is doing in the world; to have our lives transformed by Christ.
Light and Dark:
A theme in the John’s Gospel is the contrast between light and darkness; God invites us to live in the light and move away from the darkness. Consider again the scripture with this theme in mind: notice John’s invitation to move from the dark to the light by following Christ; consider Christ’s invitation to “come and see” (something that requires light). Where in your life has God invited you to see in the light? How do you share that light with others?
A tip of the traveling 5-Point hat:
This weekend Berkeley and I are in South Carolina for a friend’s wedding. We spend the night in Charleston to see what the city had to offer… and we were not disappointed. Last night, we ate at Poogan’s Porch and tried the mac and cheese, the scallops, and the braised short rib. All were top notch. Also, you can’t be in Charleston and not have someone throw some biscuits at you, so we’ve had a couple different takes on biscuits and I can only hope there are more in our near future because there’s just something about a good, scratch-made southern biscuit. In short, if you like food and you find yourself in Charleston, I don’t think you’ll be sad.
Quote worth pondering:
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton
John 1:1-9 declares that Jesus is the light of the world and the John the Baptist witnessed and testified, pointing others to the light. John was the mirror to Jesus’ candle. How can we, like John, add a mirror to reflect Christ’s light in this world?