John the Baptizer and Jesus
“There was a man sent from God. His name was Yohanan. He came as a witness in testimony of the light so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify about the light. The light was the true light, which illuminates every person who comes into the world. He was in the world and through him the world was born, and the world did not know him. He went to his own and his own did not receive him. To all who received him he gave power to become the children of God, to those who believed in his name, who were born not from blood or from the will of the flesh or from the will of a man, but were born of God.
“Yohanan testified about him and cried out, saying, ‘He is the one of whom I said, “One who will come after me was before me,’”because before me he was. From his bounty we have all received grace upon grace, and as the law was given through Moshe, grace and truth have come through Yeshua the Galilean. No one has ever seen God. Only the one born of God, who is in the heart of his father, he has made him known.’
“And this is the testimony of Yohanan the baptizer when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Yerushalayim to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ And he confessed and made no denial, but confessed, ‘I am not the Galilean.’ They asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ ‘Who are you? Give us an answer for those who sent us here. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying in the desert. “Make straight the way of the lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.’” ~Gospel of Thomas
A Man from God
Thomas says Yohanan (John in English) was a man sent from God. This is certainly true, but in a way, we are all sent from God and by God and we all have an obligation to serve God and help in his Great Plan.
Thomas adds that John the Baptizer came as a witness, but he “ was not the light, but came to testify about the light.” That line tells us two things. John is saying that he is not the Messiah. It also tells us that the Messiah is a bearer of light. “What light?” you might ask. Not the light of a torch or a fire, but the Light of God. This is the Light that comes to us from God and through the intermediary of the Spiritual Sun. John the Baptizer was not the Light or the bearer of the Light, but the one who preceded that Light-bearer, Yeshua, who we call Jesus. Continue reading “John the Baptizer and Jesus: Men of God”