Devotions for April 10, 2017

JOHN 1:19-28

19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants[a] from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”[b]


22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”[c] 24 Then the Pharisees who had been sent 25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”

26 John told them, “I baptize with[d] water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. 27 Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

28 This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.


John was the cousin of Jesus and he was a radical man in his day. Eating weird foods, clothed differently from others, John was making a scene where ever he went. It’s no surprise that the Pharisees took notice and started asking him questions.


Q: Who did John say he wasn’t? What did John say he was?

Q: In your faith, who are you? What are you? Do you stand out, or do you simply blend in with those around you?

Q: What kind of preparation for the gospel do you make for the people around you? Your family, your friends, are you laying down a foundation for the gospel in their live?



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