Chapter 1

It seems that almost as soon as John testifies that Jesus is the Lamb of God, (or at least before Jesus begins his ministry) he is arrested, (Mark 1:14) and yet it wasn’t because of this claim. It was because he had rebuked Herod’s behaviour – both of John’s statements are calls back to the fundamentals of the faith. Interesting too that both John and Jesus die because the truths they spoke of made people in power uncomfortable. One devotional remarks that John is a straight talker; he tells it like it is – “I saw what I saw, and I know what I know.” I really like that – frank, honest and direct.

None of the other gospel accounts mention the un-named man who was with Andrew (John 1:35). I wonder about these invisible people in the Bible – they are mentioned perhaps once, often not even by name, and that’s the last you ever hear of them. Like the disciple elected by lot after Judas’s death. Or Shamgar whose feats are summed up in two sentences, while Ehud before gets a good 4-5 paragraphs. (Judges 3:31) I wonder about them, I guess because in the history of our faith most of us are invisible. Hardly anyone will know of our good deeds or victories, however great or small, and yet together we are all connected. Together we are all saints.

Lastly, I got a kick out of Nathaniel’s seemingly arrogant response to Jesus’ observation that he was “a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” (John 1:47). And how does Nathaniel reply? “Awww, shucks.” Nope. It’s “How do you know me?” [22-02-2008]

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