John 5:31-36 NRSVue

31“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. 33You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

Some thoughts on this scripture

John the Baptist prepares the way for people to hear Jesus. He brought people near to God and some of them recognised Jesus when he arrived. Some people we meet in life make it easier to recognise Jesus. It is good in our lives to have met people who are like Jesus – just as John the Baptist prepared the way of Jesus by the way he lived. Give thanks for such people in prayer!