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Know God in a Year #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 wonder, Is John the Messiah? His geographic position is 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, feel they have to make some statement about John. So they send examiners to question him.

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

“Then who are you? And why are you baptizing?”

“I am the one Isaiah spoke of ‘preparing the way of the Lord.’ 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 couldn’t receive it.

Most of those who had seen Jesus baptized couldn’t  hear the voice or see the Spirit given. They looked around but 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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