John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming.’”
John is preaching and baptising in the wilderness. The Jewish leaders send people to ask him who he is.
John replies that he is not the Messiah. This perplexes them. John tells them he is the one clearing the way for the Lord.
The Pharisees ask John what right does he have to baptise. John tells them that right there in their midst is one coming after him whose sandals he is not worthy to untie.
John was very clear that his role was to announce the Messiah not to be the Messiah. Everything he did was to point people to Jesus.
This is the core reason for our existence on earth- to point people to Jesus.
Not many of us are called to preach and baptise in the desert, living on locusts and wild honey. But we are all called to bear witness to Jesus the Lord, Saviour and Messiah.
Father, may all of my words and actions speak to others about the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.