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#36 Not What They Wanted

While Jesus was gone to the wilderness, John was drawn back to study the prophecies in Isaiah. His own words “Lamb of God” had surprised him, and had put new meaning on Messiah’s work, and though he still didn’t understand that the Christ’s suffering ministry preceded a later conquering one, he knew there was more than he realized.

The Jewish leaders studied scripture, too, and they knew Messiah’s time was near. Some remembered Zacharias’ vision and the birth of John, but things get lost in 30 years. Humans forget.

The people wondered was John the Messiah? His geographic position was near sites where God had worked miracles of deliverance in their history, helping to revive interest in the Messiah.

The Sanhedrin, the Jews’ religious governing body, felt they had to make some statement about John. So they sent examiners to question him.

John said clearly, “I am not the Christ…or Elijah…or Moses…”

“Who, then are you? And why are you baptizing?”

“I am the one Isaiah spoke of preparing the way…I baptize with water….” Mid-sentence John sees Jesus again in the crowd and he announces the Messiah to his questioners, “but among you is the One who comes after me…”

But they could not receive it.

Most of those who had seen Jesus baptized couldn’t  hear or see the signs given. They couldn’t recognize Him; He was poor and not what they wanted, so they didn’t “get it.” Spiritual things are discerned through a connection with God and they weren’t connected.*

John 1:19-27,  *1John 5:20

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