Summary: Jesus is God, Creator, life, light, and the Lamb of God.

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He came like a bolt of lightning across the land of Israel. This man out in the wilderness was preaching and the common people from all over the land were making their way down toward the Jordan River and heard him thundering the Word of God. Many of them responded and went to him to be baptized as a testimony of repentance from their sins.

To look at him he was not the kind of person who would attract a lot of people to follow him. He was a strange-looking person. He was a Nazarite, so he had long hair. He did not dress according to the styles of the day – He wore clothing with camel’s hair. He did not eat typical food. He ate honey and locusts. He also did not speak quietly and gently when he preached. I think he must have thundered out there in the wilderness for repentance from their sins. So he was a very unconventional person. But oh! He had the power of God upon him. So the people turned out by the multitudes to see and hear him. His name was John the Baptist.

The word came to the Pharisees in Jerusalem. Now the Pharisees chose some priests and some Levites to go out and see this man. John 1:19-20 19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

John 1:21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” (Elijah was the same kind of man dressed in a similar way several hundred years before and he was a thundering preacher also. So they ask, “Are you Elijah?”) He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

John 1:22-23 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 wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John the Baptist said, “I am the one that Isaiah prophesied of a person who would come preaching that the Messiah is coming after me.”

John 1:27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.

So John the Baptist was asked by these representatives of the Pharisees, “Who are you?” John takes from that question and tells them who Jesus is. This is the most important question of anyone’s life and it has implications for all of your life depending on how you answer it. Let me answer it from the Bible.

1. Jesus is the Almighty God.

Let me put it to you very simply. Who is Jesus? Jesus is God.

John 1:1 In the beginning…

Now don’t read over that too quickly. We are going to back to the beginning. In the beginning of what? The beginning of anything we know as humanity. The beginning of this world, the creation. Scientists give a lot of attention trying to figure out how it all began.

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