Gospel – January 2, 2020 – John 19-28
This is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
to ask him, “Who are you?”
He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted,
“I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
“What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’
as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
“Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
“I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.
I wonder what went through the head of John as he was being questioned? Don’t just romanticize his response and his duty to God.
Think for a moment – he’s very popular with the people. He’s being asked by leadership if he is Elijah returned. Elijah for crying out loud. Pretty heady stuff. Do you think – maybe – any of this sunk in? Or was he so locked in he never thought of himself?
Who are you? Servant of God or of yourself?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…