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John the Baptist; prophet of the real

Saturday June 24th – John the Baptist; prophet of the real
Morning: Psalm 82, 98; Malachi 3:1-5; John 3:22-30
Evening: Psalm 80; Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 11:2-19

Laurence Olivier, when asked why theatres are full and churches not, said: “We (actors) make fables appear real; you (Christians) make what is real seem like a fable.”  John the Baptist declared that truth was being subverted in his society.  He pointed to Jesus, who would call humankind back to reality, back to truth: “He (Jesus) must increase; I must decrease.” John was a realist who knew his purpose and his limits.  John invites us to ask ourselves, ‘Do I live what is real, and tell it like it is? Or am I living a fable, imagining that it’s real?’

Graham

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