He has been stirring things up quite a bit as he baptizes in the Jordon. Yesterday the Pharisees came with questions.
“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?”
“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” (John 1:19-22)
John is much more preferable to me that these religious leaders. Everything is about can do and can’t do. Everything is about their law. I’ve read the law and a lot of their rules aren’t there. We need something new.
John deflected their questions to focus on someone else. One who the Baptist is “not worthy to unstrap his sandles”. Someone who comes after, but is preferred? Who could he be talking about? John is the greatest Man of God I have ever encountered. A true prophet. He’s a bit off with shat he wears and what he eats, but no one is more devout.
“Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
Behold who? The Lamb of God? What are you talking about John? I see a man. Nothing special there. He’s–ordinary. Plus he wants you to baptize Him.
He came to be baptized just like everyone else. Just like all the other sinners we have been baptizing for weeks. Why is He so special, and why do you feel unworthy to baptize Him?
And what’s this about a dove and the Holy Spirit resting on Him? He’s just a man, right? But now that I look at Him, there is something different. Is He a Prophet? A Teacher? Or could He be the One that is preferred?
“Behold, the Lamb of God.” (John 1:35)
There you go again John, and there He is. The Lamb? Lambs are for sacrifice. To appease Jahovah for our sins. My family has been sacrificing lambs for generations. Heck, all of Israel has for centuries.
If the Baptist is fascinated with Him, I have to see who He is. “Come on Andrew, lets check this guy out.” If John prefers Him, perhaps I should too…
“What do you want?”
“Rabbi, where are you staying?”
“Come and see.”(John 1:38-39)
Wow, he is different. He’s engaging and quite pleasant. I look forward to spending time with Him.
His home is modest and He is quite humble, but there is something really special about Him. He is more than just a Teacher, more than just a Prophet. Could He be…? Spending this day with Him I believe He is…He is the Messiah!
Andrew seems mesmerized with Him also. The way He speaks of His Father. The love He projects. I feel so good just being in His presence. I feel safe and peaceful, like there is not a care in the world. I think He feels the same way, this Jesus.
But can a carpenter from Galalee also be the Messiah?
“Where you going Andrew?”
“To get Simon, this guy is the real thing!“
That He is Andrew, That He is. And we have to let everyone know!
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