Jesus Is...not John (John 1:19-23)Pastor Joe Sanders, January 30, 2011
Part of the Jesus Is... series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In his Gospel/biography of Jesus, John desperately wants us to know the Jesus he knew. John writes with an urgency and intensity that seems to be screaming out at us, "You're looking for God? You're wondering if there's any hope? Remember Jesus! Know him- he's God!" He brings in his first witness of Jesus' unique identity in the unique person of John the Baptist. John the Baptist shows up with a simply and compelling message that brought in crowds by the thousands. Would he embrace his opportunity to be elevated, to be propped up and made much of? How would he respond to the attention? John shows us that Jesus is the only One worth pointing people to and that our job is to be the unique voice for the Gospel among our generation.
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19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. (KJV)