Summary: John the Baptist proclaims Jesus
a. Greetings and personal intro.
b. Recap of last lesson
1. Word ¡V logos the essential Word of God
2. Dwelt ¡V tabernacled
a. tabernacle as a type of Christ
3. Among Us ¡V no division
a. Christ¡¦s crucifixion
1. Special dispensation ¡V God on earth, miracles
2. They realized He was the Son of God
3. Full of Grace and Truth
iii. John¡¦s Witness
1. He was sent to herald Christ
2. All His fullness we have received
iv. The Law vs. Grace and Truth
1. The Law ¡V given by Moses
a. Harsh, strict
b. Not a system to perfect man, but show him his shortfall
2. Grace ¡V Jesus is the embodiment of grace
a. Jesus is the Word, the Word is truth
v. No One has seen God
1. God Is Holy
II. Illustration ¡V Let us be satisfied with nothing less than leaving the deepest mark on our generation - John R. Mott ¡V missionary, evangelist, nobel peace prize winner
a. Testimony ¡V Greek word marturiva
i. Defined ¡V a testifying, as a prophet, or, testifying, as before a judge.
ii. The same root word martus that we get the word martyr from today. Many have died for their faith down through the years.
1. Fox¡¦s book of martyrs
2. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
iii. Ron¡¦s Corrie Ten Boom story
iv. Practical - Like John, each of us has a testimony ¡V what did you do with your life.
1. Deut. 30:1 ¡V choose life
2. Great white Throne of judgment ¡V Revelation ¡V blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony
b. The Jews sent priests and Levites to ask ¡§Who are you?¡¨
i. The Jews doing the sending was the Sanhedrin ¡V the Jewish assembly ¡V the priests and Levites sent were probably members of the Sanhedrin. They were sent to test the validity of John as a Prophet, as there had not been a prophet in the land for over 400 years, since Zechariah¡¦s death.
ii. The distance of this place on the Jordan to where John was baptizing was about 26 miles, a full days¡¦ journey. The general feeling would be that it was an honor for John to have these representatives come to John here.
iii. It also showed that there was a great clamor among the Jews concerning John and his ministry, as we are told in Scripture that the people regarded him as a prophet.
iv. John was not a respecter of persons, though. He did not seek to please man, but God.
IV. The Confession
a. John Confessed ¡V Greek homogleo ¡V meaning to profess openly
ii. It is essential that we make an open profession of our faith.
b. I am not the Christ!
i. John confessed openly, in front of the people, the priests, and the Levites.
ii. John knew his place in ministry, and the job at hand.
iii. The people were looking for the messiah to rescue the nation politically
i. They asked him, what then? Are you Elijah?