Tuesday Morning: 08 Jan 2019 – John 1:19-34 ~ “Who are you?”

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 1:19-34 (NLT)

The Testimony of John the Baptist

This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”

“No.”

“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”

John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”

Then the Pharisees who had been sent 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 recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

Jesus, the Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.”
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Morning Reflection:

We need to be clear on who we are in God’s kingdom
so that we can effectively point others to Jesus for salvation.
Steven J. Cole

Some thoughts for consideration:

People were flocking to John the Baptizer from near and far and responding positively to his message of repentance and baptism. That’s why the religious authorities challenged him – “Who are you?”

John responded to their questioning by saying who he was not – the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet. And then clarified who he was – a messenger who was preparing people to believe and receive the Messiah – Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

And so the same question is addressed to me and you today – “Who are you?”

+ I am not God; I can’t forgive sins; and I can’t save anyone.
+ I am a believer in Jesus; I am a baptized repentant sinner; I am a reborn child of God; and I am at my very best when I point others to Jesus – the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – in other words, when I help people connect with Jesus.

Question: Who are you? Where do you fit into this story? Are you a skeptic, a penitent, a believer, or a messenger? Or, something else? How is God speaking to you today?

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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: You have sent your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world in order to save the world. Help me to find my place in your plan of Salvation. Take me as I am, and make me what you want me to be. Use me, however you will, to connect others with Jesus – the Lamb of God who takes away my sins, and the sin of the entire world. In his name, and for your glory, I ask it. Amen.
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“Behold the Lamb” – The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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