Today’s Reading: John 1:19-34

“This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'” 


John 1:30


 Every believer has a testimony, a story about how they came to see and know the Savior for Who He is. Seeing the Savior for Who He is shows us who we are in relationship to Him. Knowing and learning about the Savior ensures that we recognize His Presence when we see Him in our midst.

When Jews from Jerusalem hear about John baptizing people in the Jordan, they want to know if he is the promised Messiah. So they send priests and Levites to see him. John declares to them that he is not the Messiah, but merely the voice crying out in the wilderness to prepare people for the Messiah’s coming. He tells the Jews that he has been sent by God to announce the Messiah’s coming and help people to see Him. John’s understanding of the Messiah affects his perspective of himself. John is upheld as a prophet to those seeking repentance, but he knows he is not worthy to untie the Messiah’s sandal straps. He is a nobody compared to the greatness and glory of the Messiah. When he finally sees Jesus, John realizes that he is in the Presence of the One he has been announcing to others. “I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God,” he says!

Knowing God helps us to know about ourselves. How does the character of God teach you about yourself?


Almighty God, no one can compare with Your Might and Power, with Your Grace and Love. I praise You, for there truly is no one like You. Thank You for revealing to me the Truth of Your beloved Son, and for changing my life by the Truth of You Salvation. Help me to live with the knowledge of Yourself always. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.


Thru the Bible in a year (credit: John 1:19-34; 1 Chronicles 7-8; Zephaniah 3