Saturday, 28th October 2017

John 1:17-25 (NKJV)

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. 19Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

The text shows a conversation between the Jews of Jerusalem sent as emissaries (priest and Levites) and John the Baptist on who he was. These were Pharisees and they had many reasons to see John the Baptist:

  1. John’s new teaching;
  2. if he had the credentials of a prophet;
  3. Why he had quite a following, and it was growing.

To all the questions asked (v. 21,22) John gave an answer, “l am the voice…” (v. 23, see Isaiah 40:3).

He was a voice, a herald or forerunner to some else greater who was coming, Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Messiah of Israel. The question of the Pharisees in v.25 was Gentiles. We learn a great lesson throughout this epistle between John and the Jewish leaders, that we are to be only a voice, a pointer of men to the Lord Jesus Christ to call me to repentance.

PRAYER: Help me Lord, to be a voice to call me back in repentance as John the Baptist did Amen.