The text for next Sunday’s homily is John 1:19-51. In order to prepare our hearts to receive God’s word next Sunday, let’s make this text our devotional text for the entire week. You can break it up into parts, or you can read the whole thing each day over again for 6 days–God works both ways!
Rather than wait for me to say something, I’d like you to engage me on this text. Read the text and do two things each day:
- Ask one question about the text. It can be something you don’t understand about the text, or it could be a question about how to interpret it or apply it. Ask your question in the form of a comment on this blog.
- Make one observation about the text. How would you apply this? How would you live it out? Be prepared for responses….often, when we attempt this, we don’t handle the text appropriately, and have to be guided and taught. That’s our purpose here.
I will respond to all comments. And I’m praying for each of you! Here is the text:
19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites in order to ask him, “Who are you?” 20And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed that “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What, then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? In order that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say for yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘make straight the way of the Lord!’ just as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24Now they had been sent by the Pharisees. 25And they asked him and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” 26John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27who comes after me, the straps of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose.” 28This happened in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, the place where John was baptizing.
29The next day, he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold: the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes one who outranks me, because he was before me.’ 31And I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing in water, in order that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John bore witness, saying that “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven and land on him. 33And I myself did not know him, but He who sent me to baptize by water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and land on him—the same is He who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
35The next day again, John was standing with two of his disciples, and 36seeing Jesus walking, said, “behold: the lamb of God!” 37And when his two disciples heard him speaking, they followed Jesus. 38And Jesus, turning around and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which is interpreted, ‘Teacher’), where do you stay?” 39He said to them, Come and you will see.” Then they came and saw where he stayed and remained with him that day, for it was the tenth hour. 40One of the two disciples who heard John and followed him [Jesus] was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah (which is interpreted, ‘the Christ’).” 42He brought him to Jesus, and when Jesus saw him, said to him, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas, which means Peter.”
43The next day Jesus wanted to depart into Galilee and found Philip, and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses wrote in the law and the prophets, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.” 46And Nathanael said to him, “Is any good thing able to come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said concerning him, “Behold! A true Israelite in whom is no treachery.” 48Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49Nathanael answered him,”Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said I saw you under the fig tree, you believe? Greater things than these you will see.” 51And he said to him, “Truly I saw to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the son of man.”