As I was studying John chapter one this morning I came across a couple of things that I am praying God would bring to all of our lives. Have you ever thought about John the Baptist’s words concerning Jesus? In verses 31 and 33 we hear John the Baptist say that he did not know Jesus as the Christ the Messiah, the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”.
I believe, as do most theologians, that John certainly knew who Jesus was before this time as they were cousins. However, it seems that within the familiarity of family John had never seen Jesus as more than his cousin a carpenter. It is this moment of revelation that I want to examine. It seems that leading up to this moment John knew someone was coming but that he did not know who that someone was.
He said about himself that he was “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord”. Therefore some degree of revelation about the coming of Christ had already been given to John and yet suddenly, as he sees Jesus walking towards him on the road, the Holy Spirit reveals to him Jesus’ true identity.
Later in the same chapter, Jesus is calling his disciples and he is asked by Nathaniel, “how do you know me” and Jesus answers, “Before Phillip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Jesus and John were empowered supernaturally to know things that could not be known with the natural mind. This is supernatural discernment.
During this time of fasting, would you pray for yourself and for me that we would be people empowered by the Holy Spirit with supernatural discernment on a level that we have never known. Would you join with me in the belief that God has things that he wants and needs to bring to the knowledge of our world that cannot be known with natural knowledge or reasoning, and that he would use us to reveal these things! Would you believe with me that through the voice of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, a move of God upon the river bend like never before seen would spill over onto Illinois, Missouri, our region, our nation, and the world! I believe it can happen!
Press in on your prayer and fasting, if you are really sacrificing something it is hard. Don’t give up!