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John Continues to Testify about Jesus

November 8, 2009

After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. (This was before John was put in prison.) An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.

“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John 3:22-36

John the Baptizer Testifies About Jesus

John continues to testify the Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah). Jesus was baptizing and John was baptizing and there was disagreement over whether Jesus should baptize. Some thought the baptism was John’s ministry, not Jesus’. John was consistent in his testimony. He starts be reminding his disciples that he previously said ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ He continues to lift Jesus to the place of prominence by referring to him as

  • The Bridegroom – bride and bridegroom imagery describes the relationship between the Church (the bride) and Christ as head of the Church (the Bridegroom)
  • The one who comes from above is above all
  • The one who comes from heaven
  • The one whom God has sent

John concludes by saying that the Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Clearly John is testifying that Jesus is the one and only Son of God. Eternal Life can never be earned. It is a gift of God received by Grace through faith in Jesus.

Do you believe in Jesus? I hope so. All of us should should have the attitude of John the baptizer and live our lives with the theme that Jesus “must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30)

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