Where do you see the purpose and influence of John’s ministry in this passage? How does this encourage or challenge you?
How is the baptism of Jesus unique? How does it affirm that Jesus is the Messiah for whom John was preparing the way?
In what areas of your life do you need to repent from sin, turning toward Jesus? How can you call others to repentance and point people to Jesus?
Do you feel loved by God?
O God, You stepped down from heaven and made Yourself a man. You identify Yourself with me, yet remain holy. What a beautiful mystery. Your eternal presence with us was made undeniably evident in Your incarnation–“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
Lord, give Your people the strength to be obedient. Help me to repent from my sin. Let me turn from my selfish desires and run the other way, knowing that I am running toward You. Jesus, in humility, You obediently surrendered to the will of Your Father. Help me to become more like You.
Father, John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus, Your only Son, was stepping into the world to save it from itself. Help me to also proclaim the greatness of Your Son in my life! Use me to prepare a way for others to know You.
Thank You, Jesus, for identifying with me. Thank You, Father, for the invitation to become a part of Your family. Holy Spirit, teach me to identify more and more with who I am in Christ. Amen.
Receive Clarity devotionals weekly by email
Our weekly Clarity Podcast is meant to bring more insight, understanding, and practical ways to apply scripture and the devotionals to your life, family, and community.
Subscribe wherever you normally listen to podcasts for new episodes every week.