Read: Luke 3:15-17; 21-22
When Jeannie and I travel to beautiful places, we ask for campsites (for our pop-up) or rooms that have great views. If we’re in our camper, we don’t waste much time unzipping all the canvas so we can both stare out upon, and take in, the wonder around us. The same holds true for hotel rooms. We quickly open the blinds and look through the windows at the grandeur which fills our view.
Windows play a significant role in our ability to see and appreciate life around us. Windows are silent witnesses that invite us to view the wonder that creation provides. Windows beckon us to experience a larger world.
John the Baptist was a “window.” He was both content and forthright in his declaration that he was not the Messiah, but had come only to reveal him. Even on the day of Jesus’ baptism, John does not struggle with trying to be in the spotlight, but rather steps away to experience the descent of the Spirit just like everyone else.
We would be hard pressed to find a better synonym for ‘Christian’ than window–a person who exists to reveal the beauty of Christ. That’s why a dirty window must be cleaned, and why the window never calls attention to itself. The window merely “is,” and in its being, all who look through it are carried into a larger sense of reality.
Before the Christian Year goes very far, it extends an invitation to us through John the Baptist–an invitation to be a “window” who reveals God.