Day 3 (February 28), John 1:29-51

Day 3  Friday, February 28

John 1:29-51

Context:  The first chapter of John records the first 5 days of Jesus’ public ministry, beginning with the witness of John the Baptist to Jesus as the Messiah in v. 19-28.  Here’s how the next four days unfolded: 

Day 2 – John the Baptist’s Encounter with Jesus v. 29-34

Day 3 – John the Baptist’s Referral of his disciples to Jesus v. 35-39

Day 4 – Andrew’s Introduction of Peter to Jesus v. 40-42

Day 5 – Jesus Calling of Philip & Nathaniel  v.43-51

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) record Jesus’s baptism in greater breadth and record that the Father’s voice was heard from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.’  They also state when John hesitated to baptize Jesus, He replied “Let it be done to fulfill all righteousness.’  Between Days 4 and 5 Jesus left the place where John was baptizing (across the Jordan) and traveled to Bethsaida in Galilee where Philip and Nathanael (Bartholomew) were called by Jesus.

Observations:  What does John the Baptist’s referral of his disciples to ‘behold the Lamb of God!’ say about his character?  Was he ever jealous they started following Jesus and left him?  Both Andrew (who invited Peter) and Philip (who invited Nathaniel) were so changed by their encounter with Jesus they voluntarily sought others to follow him, too.  Nazareth was a small, agricultural and rural village in Galilee … why do you think  Nathaniel asked if ‘anything good could come from there?’  What is the significance of the Messiah (savior or anointed one) growing up in a place like Nazareth?

Application:  What can you do to follow the example of John the Baptist’s humility and boldness?   Of Andrew and Philip?  Of Jesus?

Prayer:  Ask God for today for humility, boldness and God-directed purpose.   Ask God that Evergreen fulfills His calling for our church!! 

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Day 2 (February 27), John 1:19-28

Context:  The Old Testament prophesied there would be a ‘messenger’ or ‘forerunner’ to the advent of the Messiah.  One of the most poignant passages is found in Isaiah 40:1-6.  As we proceed deeper into John Chapter 1,  John the Baptist is being questions by the priests and Levites from Jerusalem whether he is the Christ, Elijah and the great Prophet.  He claims he is none of them and then quotes from Isaiah 40 identifying himself as the ‘voice crying out in the wilderness’ to prepare the way for the Lord.

Observations:  Why do you think the priests and Levites travelled all the way from Jerusalem to question John the Baptist?  People were coming to him from all over Israel and he was calling them to repentance.  Why is that critical and necessary for ‘preparing the way of the Lord.’?  What do John’s statements about the Messiah indicate about his faith and humility?

Application:  Read Isaiah 40:1-5 and Hosea 10:12.  What ‘turning of the mind and heart’ (repentance) is the Lord prompting you to have in order to see Christ more alive in your life?  Why is repentance similar to plowing the fallow ground?  What is the fruit (result) of genuine repentance?

Prayer:  Ask God for His help to both see the change(s) you need to make and the power to see it through to fruition.  Pray that others in our Body would experience the same kind of Spirit-led conviction. 

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