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#37 Messiah is Here!

John hasn’t seen Jesus since he baptized Him–over five weeks. Impatiently he’s waited for Jesus to declare himself the Messiah or give some sign to the people, but nothing.

Finally, as scribes question, he sees Him among the crowd, pale, thin, haggard, even. John alone recognizes the Messiah, and he can’t help himself, it’s as if he has no control, his eyes spark, face lighting, his arms reach up, and he announces, “I baptize with water, but the One is among you who comes after me…”

He is confident that Jesus will do something–give some sign, but no. Jesus is lost in the crowd.

Priests and rulers look around, the message was unmistakable–Messiah was among them! But they see no one  unusual.

The following day Jesus comes, and again John feels Spirit take over. Once again his face lights and his hands outstretch. “Look! This is the one I told you about, the One the Spirit told me about…the Son of God.”

The people look. They believe John. They are moved by his words. But could this poor, worn-looking man be the Messiah? Really? As they look they see compassion and humility blended with conscious power, and almost unbelievable love. But Messiah?

The next day John, again spotted Jesus among his listeners, and the third time Spirit takes control and he says, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Two of John’s disciples, another John and Andrew, respond. Irresistably drawn, they follow when Jesus leaves.

John 1:26-37

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