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DOWNLOAD LINK: BIBLE STUDY MIXTAPE 2 KNOW YOUR ROLE
Know your role (humility)
INTRODUCTION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
We move on to v 19 where we are now introduced to John the Baptist. He was baptizing many people by the river Jordan. Because he was drawing a large crowd the Pharisees came to question him in order to investigate what he was doing.
· The Pharisees had 3 specific questions to ask John. They wanted to know if he was one of 3 people, the Christ, Elijah, A Prophet.
They wanted to know if he was the Christ because he was drawing large crowds and people who wanted to repent of their sins. The prophecy of Christ was made and people were looking out for it.
This is because the last words in the book of Malachi were about Elijah coming before the messiah.
This is because he was bringing a message to the people.
The Pharisees had a mandate to maintain a certain control of the Jews of that time because they were under Roman rule. They needed to try to maintain crowd control.
John’s response was very dumbfounding to them. First he quoted:
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him who cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of Jehovah, make straight a highway in the desert for our God.
This would have confused them because they knew that scripture, but they may not have equated it with the Messiah coming and saving the world. This was the beginning of the confusing things that the Pharisees would encounter when dealing with issues around Jesus. They eventually left.
John 1:26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,
John 1:27 even He who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”
John here does something very interesting. In their culture unloosing someone’s sandal was the lowest form of service. John was showing that he was so unworthy of the one to come that he did not deserve to even do the lowest form of service known to them.
THE NEXT DAY
The next day is one of the highlights of the book of John.
Joh 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming and he immediately said something that was extremely important to the people of that time. He called Jesus the Lamb of God. To the jewish people of that time a lamb was the chief animal of sacrifice. A sacrificed lamb was synonymous with cleansing of sins. The lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world is a BIG THING. He did not just introduce Jesus to all, he made sure to show that he was not the one that deserved the attention anymore (because he had attention while baptizing). He showed that Jesus was before him and ranks above him. John knew who Jesus was and where he stood with respect to him.
JESUS IS ON THE SCENE
After this we see John’s disciples leaving him and moving on to learn from Jesus.
Joh 1:37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
This shows that John’s goal of pointing people to Jesus was working. They left him and moved on to the real person to follow. Jesus went on to chose his disciples and amaze them with his insights. In particular Nathaniel was amazed that he knew things about him that he did not tell him. Jesus is not properly introduced and we are ready to go into the work that John the apostle wants to highlight about him.
John the Baptist had a role to play in the story of Jesus. His role was to prepare people by baptizing them as a ritualistic cleansing until Jesus came on the scene.
As soon as Jesus came John immediately knew that his job was completed and it was time to pass over. He had no problems doing this because he had an accurate view of who he was and who Jesus was.
He never felt entitled to anything in the kingdom. He believed that he was not worthy to serve God even though he was given the mantle to play a big part.
That is the attitude every Christian should, ready and willing to play their role as best as possible, but always with the remembrance that Christ is the true focus and whatever I am doing must point to him and I must be humble enough to let him get the shine alone.
Many times in Christianity we try to get the shine under it all. We may not act like it, but we hold mentalities that try to make us think we should have be the one that was seen. How many times have we ever worked very hard on something, maybe in church or elsewhere and when it is time for congratulations to go out we believe we deserve it and when someone else gets a little applause we think that they don’t deserve it because we worked harder than them?
In the kingdom of God, that’s not how it works. Everyone works together no matter how hard to point to one man, that is Jesus Christ, anytime we think we deserve to be given some sort of applause we should remember John the Baptist who said later on in the gospel of John.
John 3:30 “He must increase and I must decrease”
Follow up Study:
- Jump to John 3 and find all the instances where John the baptist shows this same humble attitude. Note them and think of what you would have done.
- Analyze the scenario which Jesus choosing his disciples, pay attention to the views his disciples had about him at first.