John – A Lamp Burning Bright (Jn 5:33-36)
O Jesus, I believe that you were sent by the Father.
Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.
In Advent, the readings highlight the role of John the Baptist. Jesus calls John a “lamp burning bright” because he testified about Jesus. Yet, Jesus has even greater testimony, the works he performs.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Jesus said to the Jews, “You sent to John and he testified about me (I do not accept such human testimony but I receive it for your salvation). He was a burning and shining light and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
But I have a testimony greater than John, the works which the Father has given me to accomplish. These works themselves which I perform, give testimony that the Father has sent me.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The Jewish leaders sought John’s opinion but did not believe him.
- John testified to Jesus as best he could, according to his limited understanding.
- For John, Jesus was the Lamb of God and the Stronger One who would baptize in the Spirit.
- Jesus is much more. He is the Eternal Word made flesh.
- Jesus already knew what he came to do. John’s testimony was for the people.
- The heavenly Father was a greater witness.
- He gave Jesus power to work miracles.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I believe your gospel testimony.
- You are the Lamb of God, the Son of God, the Word made flesh.
- O Father, You so loved the world that you sent Jesus.
- O Jesus, so many others have told me about you!
- O Father, all creation witnesses to you and you witness to Jesus.
- Jesus, I will be your witness, a burning and shining light for my generation.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will thank the Father for sending Jesus.
+ I will strengthen the faith of others.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
John was a burning and shining lamp.