December 14, 2014


John 3:22-30

The best part of the day is when the sun throws its afternoon shadow across my patio. I simply love sitting out there, listening to the birds chipper and the neighborhood kids run by, as the gentle breeze carries with it the aroma of fresh cut grass. It is not a fancy place but it is a place that always reminds me that I get to be in the sun’s shade.

When John the Baptist was being lured into a debate about which baptism was the “right” baptism (since Jesus too was now baptizing) he responded by saying that Jesus must “increase, but I must decrease.” It is as if he was saying that he got to be in the shade of the Son—the Son of God. There was a time when John had to point the people toward Jesus but now Jesus was shining brighter than any light John ever cast, so John got to step into the shadow of his Savior.

John has given us an example of humility and faith to learn.

Prayer: God almighty, help us to always step into your shadow and let Jesus shine brightly into this world.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt,
Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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