John Testifies About Jesus
I really enjoyed studying this passage and found that the more and more I chipped away at the surface of these verses, the more and more wisdom and self-discovery I realized. Here are some notes I took on verses 29-34:
What does this teach us about God?
-Before Jesus had done anything of note he is singled out as God’s sacrifice. Before he had healed, performed miracles, preached & taught. His mission and purpose was laid out for all to hear.
-In Genesis there was a lamb for a man. In Exodus there was a lamb for a family. In Leviticus there is a lamb for a nation. In John its the lamb for the world. (I didn’t come up with this but am borrowing it…wish I could find the original source).
-A Lamb: tenderness, loving, kind, gentle
-THE lamb: uniqueness: there is only one. No one else like him, only way to heaven/essential for salvation.
-v34: Jesus is God’s chosen one.
What do we learn about people?
-John knew his place, his position, his purpose. John cleared the path, showed people their sin and then revealed the solution to their sin.
-We can prepare the path to God for people like John did. Testify, tell others but let’s not forget our place, position and purpose.
-Be bold in your proclamation, look at John, did he “look” like a “model” citizen
Is there a command to obey?
-Believe in Jesus as the one, our messiah
Is there a command to follow?
-Testify, tell others
– Obey, believe and have faith