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JOHN 1:6-9**THERE CAME A MAN WHO WAS SENT FROM GOD; HIS NAME WAS JOHN. HE CAME AS A WITNESS TO TESTIFY CONCERNING THAT LIGHT (CHRIST JESUS); HE CAME ONLY AS A WITNESS TO THE LIGHT THE TRUE LIGHT THAT GIVES LIGHT TO EVERY MAN WAS COMING INTO THE WORLD.

THE SYMBOL OF AN EAGLE WAS USED BY THE EARLY CHURCH FOR THE GOSPEL OF JOHN BECAUSE OF THE SOARING PROSE AND REVELATION; UNDER THE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY EVENT OF ALL TIME HAS OCCURRED IN JESUS. GODíS GRACE AND TRUTH ARE FULLY DISCLOSED AND EXPLAINED TO US IN THE LIFE OF THIS ONE DIVINE MAN. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD INCARNATE WHICH IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD THAT BECAME FLESH. HIS LIFE LIGHTS THE CONSCIENCE OF MAN AND EXPELS THE DARKNESS OF OUR HEARTS BY THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SIN. JESUS BECAME A HUMAN FULLY AND ETERNALLY, DELIVERING THE REALITY OF GOD TO THE WORLD THROUGH HIS FLESH AND BLOOD. IS JESUS THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE?

JOHN 3:26-30**THEY (JOHNíS DISCIPLES) CAME TO JOHN AND SAID TO HIM, "RABBI, THAT MAN (CHRIST JESUS) WHO WAS WITH YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE JORDAN ---THE ONE YOU TESTIFIED ABOUT --- WELL, HE IS BAPTIZING, AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO HIM." TO THIS JOHN REPLIED, "A MAN CAN RECEIVE ONLY WHAT IS GIVEN HIM FROM HEAVEN. YOU YOURSELVES CAN TESTIFY THAT I SAID, ĎI AM NOT THE CHRIST BUT AM SENT AHEAD OF HIM. THE BRIDE BELONGS TO THE BRIDEGROOM. THE FRIEND WHO ATTENDS THE BRIDEGROOM WAITS AND LISTENS FOR HIM, AND IS FULL OF JOY WHEN HE HEARS THE BRIDEGROOMíS VOICE. THAT JOY IS MINE, AND IT IS NOW COMPLETE. HE MUST BECOME GREATER, I MUST BECOME LESS.

IT WAS THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST JESUS THAT DID THE BAPTIZING AND NOT JESUS HIMSELF,JOHN 4:1 CLARIFIES THAT. THE DISCIPLES OF JOHN THE BAPTIST WERE ENVIOUS OF CHRIST JESUS TAKING AWAY MORE DISCIPLES THAN JOHN. HOWEVER, JOHN CORRECTED THE RIVALRY OF HIS LOYAL DISCIPLES AND FOLLOWERS, BUT JOHN KNEW HE MUST ALWAYS PLAY A SECONDARY ROLE. JOHNíS FOLLOWERS NEEDED TO TRANSFER THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO JESUS. CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND TEACHERS MUST ALWAYS TAKE A SUBORDINATE ROLE TO OUR CREATOR.

LUKE 3:7-9 **JOHN SAID TO THE CROWDS COMING OUT TO BE BAPTIZED BY HIM. "YOU BROOD OF VIPERS! WHO WARNED YOU TO FLEE FROM THE COMING WRATH? PRODUCE FRUIT IN KEEPING WITH REPENTANCE. AND DO NOT BEGIN TO SAY TO YOURSELVES, WE HAVE ABRAHAM AS OUR FATHER. FOR I TELL YOU THAT OUT THESE STONES GOD CAN RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR ABRAHAM. THE AX IS ALREADY AT THE ROOT OF THE TREES, AND EVERY TREE THAT DOES NOT PRODUCE GOOD FRUIT WILL BE CUT DOWN AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE.

MINISTERING IN THE DESERT IN FULFILLMENT OF ISAIAHíS PROPHECY, JOHN PREACHED A BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. HIS MINISTRY PREPARED PEOPLE TO THE SALVATION PLAN OF GOD BY OPENING RECEPTIVE HEARTS TO THE COMING MESSIAH. "WHAT SHOULD WE DO?" SOME QUESTIONED. JOHN EXPLAINED 1. SHARE AND GIVE CLOTHING TO THE POOR AND NEEDY. 2. DONíT EXTORT MONEY. 3. DONíT ACCUSE PEOPLE FALSELY. 4. BE SATISFIED WITH YOUR PAY. 5. DONíT CHEAT.

REPENTANCE (FEELING SORRY FOR YOUR SINS) WAS PREACHED BY MANY OF THE PROPHETS. ISAIAH 30:15 STATES, "IN REPENTANCE AND REST IN YOUR SALVATION". THE APOSTLE PETER PREACHED IN ACTS 3:19, "REPENT, THEN, AND TURN TO GOD. CHRIST JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES HOW TO PRAY IN MATHEW 6 BY SAYING THE LORDS PRAYER. VERSE 12 (KJV), "AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS (SINS) AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS".

BY HUMBLING OURSELVES AND ASKING FORGIVENESS, GOD WILL GIVE US A NEW HEART AND A NEW SOUL TO LEAD US INTO HIS LIGHT ALONG THE NARROW PATH LEADING INTO THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH WHERE THERE WILL BE NO SORROW, NO PAIN, NO HUNGER AND NO THIRST. THERE WILL BE JUST JOY AND PEACE FOREVERMORE. HUMBLE YOURSELF NOW BEFORE THE LORD!