In Streams of Living Water, Richard Foster told of Billy Graham preaching at Cambridge in 1955. For three nights he tried to make his preaching academic and enlightened, but with no effect. Graham finally realized that presenting the intellectual side of faith was not his gift an … More
The baptism of Jesus is not recorded in John’s Gospel, but John testifies that he had been told by God the Father that when the sign of the dove would occur, the person so marked would be “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (v.29). John goes on to explain that a man is coming after him who is far greater than he is, for He existed long before him (v. 30). He says, “I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel” (v. 31).
Perhaps John was not sure that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, but the Father made it clear to him who Jesus was by sending the Spirit like a dove to light on Him (vv. 32-33). This was certainly a beautiful picture of the trinity. John saw this happen to Jesus so he testified that He was the chosen one of God (v. 34).
We have in these verses an account of John’s testimony concerning Jesus Christ, which he witnessed to his own disciples that followed him. As soon as Christ was baptized he was immediately hurried into the wilderness, to be tempted; and there he was forty days. During his absence John had continued to bear testimony to him, and to tell the people of him; but now at last he sees Jesus coming to him, returning from the wilderness of temptation. As soon as that conflict was over Christ immediately returned to John who was preaching and baptizing.
John gave a clear testimony that Jesus was truly the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world. I need to be giving a clear testimony of who Jesus is, what He has done for me, and what He wants to do for all who will put their trust in Him.
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John 1:1-9Snapshots of the Lord’s Life
John 1:10-14Only One Way to Experience Salvation
John 1:15-18The Incarnation of Christ
John 1:19-28John was asked "Why baptize?”
John 1:29-34Jesus The Lamb of God
John 1:35-42The First Disciples
John 1:43-51God Calls Philip And Nathaniel
John 2:1-12Changing Water into Wine
John 2:13-25Jesus Turns Over the Tables
John 3:1-12How to be Born Again
John 3:13-24What does it mean to believe?
John 3:22-30Confusion About The New Birth
John 3:25-36John’s Final Eulogy
John 4:1-15Jesus Meets the Samaritan Women
John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son