Today is the first of the daily readings that we will share as we read through the Gospel of John. Below you will find the reading and a few questions to help you process the scripture you've read. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.
Monday - John 1:19-28
John the Baptist Declares His Mission
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
1. What do you think the priests wanted to know who John was?
2. Who does John say he was?
3. What was Johns purpose?
4. What do you know about baptism and what Johns say about his baptism in verse 26?
5. Why do you think it was important that John had this interaction with the priest and the pharisees?
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 niv'11
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