Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 NRSV)

Unfortunately most of us are like the old Flip Wilson routine, in which someone asked Flip about his religion and he answered, "I am a Jehovah's Bystander."

"A Jehovah's Bystander?" remarked his friend. "I never heard of a Jehovah's Bystander."

Flip looked coy and said, "Well, they asked me to be a witness, but I didn't want to get involved."

If we don't get involved in being a good witness for Christ, who will?

John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and exclaims, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" Two of John's followers hear John's witness, and they begin to follow Jesus--not because of any dramatic vision they had, but because they trusted John's witness.

My guess is that this is the way most of us came to Christ--through the witness of others. It may have been our parents or our spouse or a strong personality who made an indelible impression on us, but somewhere along the way the witness of someone else made the critical difference in our lives.

There are many people waiting for our faithful witness to touch their lives.

Dear God, help me to be a good witness for your son. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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