Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Remember the lake party at 11:00 a m on Saturday, October 8th. Invite a man who could benefit from joining our group.

Tuesday we continued our discussion of John the Baptist with a discussion of John 1:19-34.

1) Why did the Jews send messengers to question John?

“…When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, ‘I am not the Christ.”

Jack said that the Jewish leaders had read the scriptures and knew that the Christ was about to arrive on the scene. The prophets predicted that Messiah would appear during this point in history.  Jack added that their inquires amounted to approach avoidance. They were looking for Christ but were afraid of what this Christ might do and say.

Can I get an ‘Amen’ — we want to hear from God but worry about what he may ask us to do.

2) What answer does John give?

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’…I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie. ”

John tells them that the Christ is coming.

Bob said that this is an important aspect of John’s message.  If we want to hear from God then we need to prepare ourselves to listen. One of the best ways to prepare ourselves is to participate in worship or join a Christian study group.

3) Why does John call Jesus the ‘Lamb of God’?

John could have used many titles for Christ to announce His public ministry but John choose ‘Lamb of God.’ The significance of this could not have been lost on the Jews who were there. Jesus was to be the sacrificial lamb and by His blood their sin debt would be paid.

“…like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shears is dumb, so he opened not his mouth….yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:7&12

Next week John 3:22-30. Consider the following questions:

1) Why were John’s disciples upset?

2) What does John’s response to his disciples tell us about discipleship?

See you Tuesday,

John

 

 

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