Posts Tagged ‘John the Baptist’

John 1:19-29 Who Are You?

I am me, who are you?

We get to hear who John the Baptist says he is. In yesterday’s reading we heard one of John the Baptist’s comments about Jesus; “He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me” (verse 15). This identified Jesus as present in the beginning but now appearing in the flesh. Jesus is ready to take the scene and John is wetting the people’s appetite.

Today John the Baptist is approached by a group who was sent by the religious leaders. Their mission was to find out who John the Baptist really was. They had some ideas but they wanted him to confirm or deny them. Read more »

John 1:6-9 Intro The First John

Wake up! He’s almost here!

John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, introduces us to the first John in Jesus’ earthly life. This man was on a mission straight from God. We know him as John the Baptist, the Forerunner for Jesus. Our John weaves John the Baptist’s story into his introduction of Jesus. I want to pause as we go through Jesus’ amazing introduction to honor the man God honored.

We met John the Baptist in all three of the previous gospels we have studied. Some more in depth than others. Our John shares John the Baptist’s story as well. Our John makes sure we do not confuse John the Baptist with Jesus the Messiah.

“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” (verses 6-8).

Our John’s story and purpose is nearly identical to John the Baptist’s here. I believe our John would disagree with me though. I think he would see himself as less worthy of this sort of mention. The next verse though distinguishes the two. Read more »

Luke 7:24-35 Jesus Commends John

John in the Jordan

John hard at work for God

We pick up our reading today in Luke right after John the Baptist’s disciples leave. They have gone back to John to report the things Jesus has shown and told them. Jesus made sure they had plenty of first hand evidence to bring back to John. Now He addresses the crowd and talks to them about John.

John was very unusual for his time. He would have fit in great with the prophets of old. They were famous for their unique ways of getting their audiences’ attention. Eating scrolls, burying then wearing the same garment for an extended period of time, calling down fire from Heaven and many other bold behaviors. Another thing they all had in common was their boldness. John fit right in there too. Read more »

Luke 3:18-22 Concluding John’s Story

The stage is set

The stage is set

Luke concludes the stories of John the Baptist in today’s verses. I don’t know if we will run into John again later in Luke’s narrative because Luke didn’t share John’s final fate. Let’s look at what he did share.

John is credited as preaching the good news to the people. The news was that their Savior was VERY close at hand. He was even living with them at that moment. No more waiting for centuries and hoping He would come in their lifetime. Another part of that good news was that He was ready, willing, and able to forgive all men of their sins. He was also a personal savior for all. That was GREAT news for a hurting and hungry people. Read more »

Luke 3:1-6 From The Wilderness

We all have mountains and valleys. It's what we do with them that counts.

We all have mountains and valleys. It’s what we do with them that counts.

We meet John, Zechariah’s son, all grown up today. John, the cousin of Jesus. This is the same John that leapt in his mother’s womb at Mary’s greeting. The same John who was prophesied would be filled with the Holy Spirit before his birth. The John that brought speech again to his father once he was named.

Luke started off his story of John the Baptist by fixing him in the timeline very clearly and specifically. He wanted us to know exactly when John emerged on the scene. I find it interesting that he didn’t fix any of the other events concerned with John so accurately. Read more »