You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. -John 5:33-36 NRSV
I recently read a book that asserted that Jesus was a disciple of John the Baptist. One cannot read passages such as these and accept that view. Jesus esteemed John but certainly did not see him as his teacher. And of course, the Baptist saw Jesus as one who was greater than he was. He said that he was not worthy to loose the sandals of Christ.
In this passage and many others Jesus did not shrink back from proclaiming his true identity. He called his testimony greater than human. Even greater than those of a prophet. He said that his words led to salvation. In the sermon on the mount he clarified the words of Hebrew scripture. His testimony rings out today as unique in all of history.
Help us to hear your testimony today Jesus. Open the ears of our hearts to hear, and listen to, what you are saying to us.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.