“Asking the Questions, Missing the Answers”

John 1:15-28

John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”) [16] Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, [17] for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [18] No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side—he has revealed him. [19] This was John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?” [20] He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” [21] “What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?” “I am not,” he said. “Are you the Prophet?” “No,” he answered. [22] “Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?” [23] He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord—just as Isaiah the prophet said.” [24] Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. [25] So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?” [26] “I baptize with water,” John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him. [27] He is the one coming after me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.” [28] All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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