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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, December 3, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
In the religious leaders’ minds, there were four options regarding John the Baptist’s identity: He was (1) the Prophet foretold by Moses, (2) Elijah, (3) the Messiah, or (4) a false prophet. John denied being the first three personages. Instead, he called himself, in the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, “The voice of someone shouting, “Make a highway for the Lord through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God.” The leaders kept pressing John to say who he was because people were expecting the Messiah to come. But John emphasized only why he had come—to prepare the way for the Messiah. The Pharisees missed the point. They wanted to know who John was, but John wanted them to know who Jesus was. (NLT)
John 1:19-31 – This was the testimony of John when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John whether he claimed to be the Messiah. He flatly denied it. “I am not the Messiah,” he said.
“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet?”
“Then who are you? Tell us, so we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare a straight pathway for the Lord’s coming!’”
Then those who were sent by the Pharisees asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know, who will soon begin his ministry. I am not even worthy to be his slave.”
This incident took place at Bethany, a village east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
The next day john saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Soon a man is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.’ I didn’t know he was the one, but I have been baptizing with water in order to point him out to Israel.”
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