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Uh, John.  You Got a Minute?

When we study Scripture, there are always some questions we want to ask those we read about.  John the Baptist is no exception.  In this study, we will look at some of the questions we want to ask John the Baptist about his relationship with Jesus both before, and after, the baptism.  And all of this springs from the first few words found in John 1:29.  Let’s set the scene.

It is now another day in the life of John the Baptist, and on this day, he sees the Lord coming towards him and proclaims:

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

He then continues his testimony about Jesus by saying:

“This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’  I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” (John 1:30-31).

Before we dig any deeper into what John meant when he called Jesus the “Lamb of God”, we need to address one issue in this text that, at least for me, looms like a large elephant in the room.  In other words, when I read this passage, I find it hard to ignore or overlook.  It raises some questions we’ll discuss in our study today and tomorrow, and these questions are simply based on this text:

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him… (John 1:29).


Now, Let’s Ask John the Baptist Some Questions

Why did Jesus not come and talk to John?  In fact, why is it never recorded in Scripture that Jesus and John met again after the baptism?  John sees Jesus coming toward him and… what?  Did Jesus walk on by?  Did He wave and go in another direction?  Or did Jesus see John and quickly turn around and head in the opposite direction?  No one knows.  The Scriptures are silent.

But by asking questions like these, you can enter into an experience with Scripture that will provide you incredible dividends in your future Bible study for years to come.  Why?  Because there is a great difference between understanding Scripture and experiencing it for yourself.  They are not mutually exclusive.  No, one builds upon the other.

Join me as we learn how to live in His Word in addition to having His Word live in us.


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