(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)
John 1:15 NIV
The Canadian Olympic Committee launched Glory From Anywhere, its 2022 Olympic Winter Games campaign, this past January. According to Jacquie Ryan, the COC’s Chief Brand and Commercial Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, “We highlighted the values it takes to achieve that moment of glory that can define an athlete’s career. We’re highlighting the incredible sacrifices athletes make to overcome obstacles and be their best which, given the challenging time we are in, we hope can be a source of inspiration for Canadians.”
John the Baptist was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for the arrival of the Messiah Jesus. He plays a big part in the story of Jesus’ birth, and in Jesus’ early ministry. He preached a message of repentance and people responded to him. It is likely that many of Jesus’ followers had been disciples of John. He accomplished what he had been sent to do. But he isn’t Jesus, and he never stepped into the limelight. In fact, just the opposite – he continually pointed his followers to the Lord. John understood what we need to understand – it’s all about Jesus. John 1:15 tells us: “(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’)” The world has pushed Jesus aside in their Christmas celebrations. We who love the Lord must never. Everything about this season must point to Him. He alone deserves the glory. If you are a follower of Jesus, make sure that everything about this time of the year points to Jesus and gives Him all the glory.
These have been words from the heart.