In John 1:20, John the Baptizer makes a profound denial. Peter had denied knowingthe Christ. But here, John denies being the Christ, saying firmly, “I am NOT the Christ.” Hmmm… That just may be a new mantra for me. Not that I would ever be confused with Jesus. However, my flesh wants the glory of Jesus, and longs to be honored, respected and valued. In addition, when I think I am anything more than a mere witness who is to testify to the REAL Christ, then I begin to stress out, thinking that I have to have all the answers, and have to be able to fix people (when I can’t even fix myself!). Also, if I have to be Jesus for people, then I can’t be vulnerable about my own need. I will not be the witness that people need and God wants to use. I will be tempted to have the spotlight shine on me, when it needs to shine on the Savior. So saying slowly, but confidently, “I am not the Christ,” helps center me… off of myself and onto the REAL Christ, Jesus.
Published by McKay Caston
McKay Caston (B.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.) is originally from Memphis, but spent his high school and college years in Mississippi. Having served churches in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia, his passion is to help people come alive to the wonder of God’s grace by living all of life in union with Christ. Dr. Caston serves as Founding and Lead Pastor for Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, GA, and serves on the faculty of Metro Atlanta Seminary. He and Kristy, his wife of 25 years, have three children (21, 19 and 13). When not preparing weekly sermons for Creekstone Church, writing, or spending time with his family, he enjoys exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia., GA. View all posts by McKay Caston