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John 1:29-34

(The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘after me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God. ~John 1:29-34)

Previously it was discussed that Priest and Levites from the sect of the Pharisees had paid a visit to John wanting to know who he was and why he was out in the desert preaching repentance and baptizing with water, he told them he was a but a voice, but there was one who was greater “whose sandal str…

John 1:24-28

(Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands one among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” These things were done in Bethabara, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. ~John 1:24-28)

Previously we discussed that “Priest and Levites were sent from Jerusalem to ask John who are you?” Now it is mentioned here, that “those who were sent were from the Pharisees.” This is significant because the Pharisees were a group that had basically taken over the religion in the land of Judea. They made all the rules and people had to obey. This was the very group that would oppose Christ, and in whom Jesus would have His most heated discussions, then plotting His death. Now these Pharisees perceived themselves to be th…

The Voice (John 1:19-23)

(Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent Priest and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He Said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord”’, as the Prophet Isaiah said.” ~John 1:19-23)

We have completed the prologue to the Gospel According to John, the first 18 verses are basically a summary of the entire message being proclaimed in this gospel, that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God; God in a human body. We were also introduced to the witnesses; the writer John who never refers to himself as John but only as “the apostle whom Jesus loved,” John the Baptist, and the other disciples of Chris…

The Word Became Flesh (John 1:14-18)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at anytime. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
John 1:14 has to be the most profound and full verse in all of scripture. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. There is absolutely no doubt, to any Greek or Hebrew reading this that the writer John was referring to God when he said the Word. In the Old Testament God was referred to as the Word many times: the Word of the Lord came to Abram, the Word of the Lord came to Moses, the Word of the Lord came to Isaac and Jacob, the Wo…

Believe and Receive (John 1:10-13)

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus came in human flesh to the very world He created; it was through Him that God made everything. So He came into the very world He made and the world did not know it was Him. Can you imagine what that must have been like for Him, how painful that must have been, He was God but He was also in human flesh so therefore felt all the pains and hurts that we feel. Can you imagine how painful it must be to be rejected by the very world that you made, out of love with your own hands? The closest that we can come to in this is our own children and that still is not a good comparison because we did not make them, God made them we just ar…