On Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church we will continue to see how we wait for Jesus. Last week we saw how John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness. This Sunday we will again look at how we wait through the example of John. This time we will see how John waits as a witness. A witness points people to the truth. John waited as a witness by pointing people to Jesus. Are you prepared to point people to Jesus?
A famous painting by Matthias Grunewald shows John the Baptist pointing to Jesus. John was dead by the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, but he is included in this painting to show that John pointed people to the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He has in one hand the scriptures and in the other hand a finger extended towards the crucified Jesus. We are to see that the promise of God long hoped for has been revealed in Jesus.
The prophetic work of John was to point people to Jesus so that their eyes would be opened to the promise of salvation. Jesus Christ is our savior. He is the lamb of God who takes away our sin. In our witness we point people to Jesus. If we want to point people to their salvation and we are not pointing people to Jesus then we are seriously doing something wrong.
If someone were to ask you why you go to church, I hope that your answer would include the joy you have in hearing that Jesus is your savior.