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John 1:19-28

Wow it's been a long day...and I missed a day of devotions because I meant to wake up early to do it but...change of plans when we got a certain phone call....anyways...continuing on...

John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ
19Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."
21They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
He said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."

22Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "[h]

24Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

26"I baptize with[i] water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


One key thing that sticks out to me in this passage is the humility of John. When the priests asked him about himself, he would always turn the answer around back to Christ...continually focusing on his purpose and why God placed him there. He identifies himself as one sent by God and not just merely as an individual.

Another thing to note is the attitude of the priests or jews that came to question him. Note how they were sent to question John by probably the Pharisees. It shows that those great leaders and priests are not personally concerned with the matters of God but could hardly bother so they sent others to see to it. Not only that, but the ones who are sent sound impatient...asking John and then almost demanding a quick answer so they can take it back to those who sent them. But that's not how our relationship with Christ should be and definately should not be the attitude of a spiritual leader. The things we teach and the lessons we give should also apply to ourselves and have a personal and deep meaning to our hearts instead of just being a robot that spits out lessons that we've only just read and not applied.

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