The year 2020 brought a lot of “new” to everyone’s life, mine included. My two sons would have been entering Young Fives and 3-year-old preschool in the fall of 2020. My wife and I prayed about sending them to school and did not feel God wanted us to send them. Luckily for my family, my wife is an amazing elementary teacher, so we sought out homeschool options. We found a good Christian curriculum and we (let me be totally honest, my wife, but we are one flesh in the eyes of God, so I get points) began to juggle life, jobs, and school inside our house.
One day, my wife was going over the days of creation and she said a statement that I have never heard before and I almost put on the theological breaks to this newly purchased curriculum. While my wife was teaching about the fourth day of creation I heard, “John the Baptist was the moon.” This caused me to stop cooking dinner and pop my head into our makeshift schoolroom.
1. What do you know about John the Baptist?
There is an awesome opportunity if you would like to learn more about John, The River Church did an entire series called “Johnny Be Good.” Feel free to utilize the sermons and the devotions to help grow in your Bible reading.
John 1:6-8 says, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.”
2. What details does John (the beloved) write about John (the baptizer)?
3. What does it mean to bear witness to something? How did John do that with Jesus?
4. Now it is time to circle back to the whole John the Baptist was the moon idea. What does John specifically say that John the Baptist was not?
5. In terms of how our Solar System works, what is the primary light source in our Solar System?
Because planets, moons, and other satellites (any object in space that orbits or circles around a bigger object) do not have nuclear fusion, they do not produce their own light. Instead, the shine we see is because of the light reflected from a star.
6. How is it we see the moon?
7. How is it that John the Baptist could be considered the moon?
Now here is the kicker that had me pondering the depth of a statement designed for a kindergarten student that floored me as a Christ-following grown man.
When is it that we cannot see the moon? The time when we cannot see the moon is when the Earth is blocking the light from reflecting the light of the Sun. It is impossible for the moon to shine if there are things blocking its view of its light source. The same is true for us.
John the Baptist is known by Jesus as the “greatest man born of women.” John’s life purpose was to be the one who prepared a way for others to know about Jesus, and I do not think that is something we can put on the select few who really love Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”
When we know the Light, we must share the Light by ensuring others can see the true Light.
8. What are some ways we can share the Light?