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John 1:29-42

Do You Recognize Me?

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John 1:29-42

Do You Recognize Me?

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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We recognize people in many ways. Our family members are easy to recognize. We are familiar with their faces and certain items of clothes that they wear. We recognize the way they comb their hair, the way they walk and motion with their hands, the way their voice sounds. People we feel close to may even have a distinctive fragrance, like special cologne, or the smells that come from cooking or working in the garden.

Sometimes we are given clues that help us recognize people who are not familiar to us. These clues may tell us something about who a particular person is or what he or she does.

If you see a young person carrying a backpack near a school there is a pretty good chance that person is a student.

You can recognize a fireman or a policeman by the uniform he or she wears.

A man or woman with a stethoscope around the neck is likely to be a doctor or a nurse.

A person carrying a musical instrument is probably a musician.

Can you think of other ways you recognize people?

In the Bible John the Baptist tells us how he was able to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. John said, “I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him” (1:32).

John goes on to say that he had been told by God that “On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit” (1:33).

And again John says, “I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God” (1:34).

God sent a sign, gave the world a clue so Jesus could be recognized as the Son of God. This sign, this clue that first came in the form of a dove, is the Holy Spirit. It is the part of God that lives in you and teaches you to recognize what is true. It is that quiet knowing inside of you that helps you make good choices and leads you to recognize Jesus as the Son of God.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan