It took us 2 weeks to go through this one chapter, but it sets the stage for everything else in John’s great Gospel. If you missed it, click on the Vimeo icon to your right and watch it.
Our focus this week was more on John the Baptist as the forerunner to Jesus Christ. John the Apostle never calls John the Baptist, “the Baptist.” He refers to him as “the witness” nine times in this Gospel.
J the B did such a great job of drawing crowds, preaching, baptizing, and having followers that many of the Jews wondered if he was the Christ (Messiah) . He said he was not the Christ and not even worthy to unstrap his sandals.
So they asked if he was Elijah. There are a lot of similarities between J the B and Elijah, dressed alike (camel hair sports coat), lived in the wilderness, fiery preacher, baptizing in the place where they believed Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. John said he was not Elijah or the Prophet.
The Prophet is a reference to a prophecy by Moses (Deut. 18:15). That Prophet was the Messiah – Jesus – who fulfills roles as Prophet, Priest and King.
Elijah claimed he was none of those roles, but was “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the LORD,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:23; Isaiah 40:3).
Elijah was the voice not the Word. He was the messenger not The Message.
We also saw how Andrew and Philip were introduced to Jesus, immediately became followers and then introduced him to their friends and family.
Are you a Christ follower? Who are you introducing to Jesus? Tell someone about him today.
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