In John 3, John the Baptist is approached by people curious about this other baptizer, Jesus, who's operating downriver. John gives a beautiful response: "A man can receive nothing at all unless it is given him from Heaven. You yourselves can witness that I said, 'I am not Christ but I have been sent as his forerunner.' It is the bridegroom who possesses the bride, yet the bridegroom's friend who merely stands and listens to him can be overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That is why my happiness is now complete. He must grow greater and greater and I less and less. The one who comes from above is naturally above everybody. The one who arises from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks from the earth. The one who comes from Heaven is above all others and he bears witness to what he has seen and heard..."
Isn't it wonderful to think of Jesus as a "witness" who simply came to tell us what He'd "seen and heard" of Heaven? After sitting on the throne of Heaven for all time, His coming was to translate those Realities into realities we could hear and understand. Imagine the lead-up to any of His parable as He strives to put all of that into words: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like.... hmmm... let me think... how do I express that... what's the picture... YES! My friends, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field..."
Yes, Jesus, may we listen, watch, hear and see the Unseen as you bear witness in our hearts. We want only your voice. We want only your eyes to see. Witness to us of what you're seeing in the Heavenlies today.
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