Monday after Easter

John 1:19–23, Acts 2:22–32

Not it! That what John says, at least. Yet, his behavior causes people to into question what his purpose is. If we look at this part of John’s story through the lens of today’s media and internet world, someone saying, “not it,” is not quite what is expected. Many people, especially in tech and politics seem to t themselves in a Messianic . They want people to emotionally believe that the person in question will them. Both the person wanting it and the people giving it understand that the person in question is no Messiah. However, there still seems to be this need.

We can see it in people who claim to know , too. They attach themselves to politicians and leaders in an almost Messianic way. It’s ually pretty sad. should be their Messiah. Actually, is their Messiah, but they’ve forgotten in their ts. Christians have no excuse to look at being their savior. They have al claimed to know that is the one and only savior (i.e., Messiah).

John wants nothing to do with the Messianic bit. He’s more than satisfied pointing to the true Messiah. For John, pointing to the Messiah and getting people started in the right direction is for him the very good life. John’s lifestyle doesn’t really to people. There really aren’t a lot of people saying, “I want to live in the desert, wearing a fur coat, drinking only water, and eating bugs.” As strange as the life he lived out was to people, he still drew people. He didn’t say, “live just like me.” He did say, “repent.” His lifestyle wasn’t the goal. was the goal.

When Peter preaches to the people of Jerusalem he uses the recent story of ’ life and . He then uses what they know (scripture) to drive home the point. Then, instead of beating on them for their collective part in the of Christ, he announces the resurrection. Wait? What? No guilt trip? Nope. Just some random guy pointing to . Some guy whose life was dramatiy changed. Pointing the way to Christ. That is what Peter did.

When it comes to the very good life, the greatest joy may be pointing someone to . Why? is the key to the very good life, the key is free, and the number is unlimited.

1) What is the very good life to you?

2) Both John and Peter point to . Why is pointing to part of the very good life?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.