The Voice John 1:19-51 Let’s go back to the book of John to consider further the life of John the Baptist. John 1.19 "this is the testimony of John..." The writer is saying "listen and learn from the story of John (the baptizer)". John was clear on who he was and what his role and calling were. When John was asked "who are you?" He knew exactly who he was and his calling. First, John says let me tell you who I am NOT. They asked, are you the Christ? "I am not the Christ". Are you Elijah? "I am not". Are you the prophet? "No". Then who are you and what do you say about yourself? John said, "I AM A VOICE..."
A Ministry John 1 & Isaiah 40 John the Baptist found his calling to ministry in Isaiah 40. This prompts me to ask, “Lord, what ministry have you called me to?” Maybe I can get some guidance from Isaiah 40. Here are some passages from Isaiah’s call. This is the prophetical calling to John the Baptist but it can also be a calling to us:
The beautiful state of Washington The Calling John 1:19-23 “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself? He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the Wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” The text transitions here from the prologue to the narrative. This section begins, “This is the testimony of John.” The other gospels refer to him as John the Baptist to distinguish him from John the apostle. In this case, John the apostle is the author and never refers to himself throughout the book. So, he just calls John the Baptist, John. John’s ministry in the desert was stirring up interest. The buzz about his preaching and bold claims about the coming Messiah reached the High Priest in Jerusalem. Representatives from the High Priest made the trek out to the desert to find out firsthand what was going on.
The Cascades in Washington State The Word Became Flesh John 1:14 “The Word became flesh…” These four words are worth some good old fashion pondering. It’s actually worth more than pondering. It’s worthy of deep uninterrupted study, consideration and reflection. The precedent to these four carefully crafted words is “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” 1:1. In a sense, it’s simple. The Word, Jesus, the pre-existent God and Creator, second person of the Trinity became a man in time and space. It’s such a familiar story to us. We celebrate it every December. It’s the beginning of the good news, the gospel. But let’s not allow the familiarity of it hold us back from considering the awesomeness of these four words and the impact of this event in time and space. “The Word became flesh.”