Jesus is Worthy
Key Verse: “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me [referring to Jesus], the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:26
Sitting in a booth at a restaurant, I overheard some boys using vulgar language. One of the boys, who I know attends church, cussed using the name of “Jesus,” the Son of God. Of course, this type of disregard towards God is seen everywhere, we even allow ourselves to be entertained by it in movies. Yet, I believe if we truly pondered His majesty, His glory, and on his willing sacrifice for us, we would show due reverence for Him because Jesus is worthy–of all we are.
John chapter 1, in verses 19-51, gave an account of who Jesus was (and is!) in relation to the Son of God. John called Jesus: The Lamb of God, Rabbi, Messiah/Christ, Son of God, King of Israel, Son of Man, and whom Moses and the prophets wrote about. Continuously, throughout the verses, John emphasized that Jesus had been and always will be Son of God, who was/is and always will be worthy of praise. In fact, John the Baptist, the Forerunner for Jesus, pointed to Jesus and testified, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me [referring to Jesus], the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John the Baptist recognized that Jesus was/is/and continues to be, the Son of God.
Although the majority of our society today does not regard God or His precepts, does not take away the fact that He is worthy of all our praise. His worthiness does not diminish just because people today, even in the church, do not acknowledge it. Jesus is worthy. Jesus is worthy of our lives, He is worthy of our time, He is worthy of all we are. One day, every tongue will bow down and confess “…Jesus is Lord.”
How does Jesus’ worthiness influence the way you live your day to day life?
Take time to truly connect with God–He is worthy of your attention!
Slowly read John 1:19-51. As
you slowly read through the verses, focus on how John the Baptist points to Jesus. He humbles himself and proclaims that Jesus is the One who is worthy of all honor and praise.
Praise and Worship Him. Take a moment to meditate on Isaiah chapter 6:1-6 to remind yourself of His Holiness. Use your imagination and try to see what Isaiah describes. After, unselfishly and sacrificially express your love for God by worshipping and praising Him. Worship and praise Him for who He is: Savior! King! The Righteous One! The Holy One! King of Kings!
Thank Him: Thank Him for loving for you and for dying on the cross for you. Thank Him for specific ways He’s blessed you.
Repent: If you feel led by the Holy Spirit, repent for not being attentive to the worthiness of God. Also, confess any sin you may be struggling to overcome.
Ask: God ahead, ask! With reverence and boldness, present you desires before God. Also, make sure you ask for things according to God’s will.
Listening: Take time to sit before the Lord, and ask, “Lord, what do you want to say? I’m listening.”