Tibetan Script Gospel Meditation – John Chapter 1:6-8

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John 1:6

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Who was this messenger called John?pix sample - IS 61-1 - 150px

In the past there had been prophets who spoke to the people of Israel (1), because it was this nation that God had chosen through whom to reveal Himself by the mouth of messengers. Treasures-for-revealing were given by the Spirit of Purity to these special messengers, and of them John The Water-Anointing Man (John The Baptist) was the last and greatest (2).

pix sample - IS 25-1 - 150pxWhat did John say?

His prophecy was the last revealed treasure. He said, “Mashiga (The Messiah) has arrived. So, repent  and believe the gospel.”

[1. God did not choose India, Russia, Britain. He chose the little West Asian nation Israel. Why was this? Were Israel’s people better? Alas they were not!

2. This John was a different man from John the Gospel-Writer.  John was a common name in Israel.]

John 1:7-8

He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

pix sample - IS 13-1 - 320pxTwo thousand years ago the nation of Israel had been crushed by the heel of the invading Roman army. Villages had burned. Crops were stolen. By sword and club men were forced to work; others hid in the mountains. At such a time how much were light and hope needed!

“See,” said John, “the light has come!” Light? pix sample - IS 28 - 150pxwhat light?As the prophet of old had written, ‘Formerly  there  was  gloom;  but  in  future  a great light will  dawn.  In  the  past  there  was  sadness;  but  just  as  there  is happiness  after  a bumper  harvest,  so  joy  will  bubble  over.’

Because people knew this prophecy, John was encouraging their faith by this means. He himself was not that light, but he was giving advance notice of another person.

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