John 1:19-34 (John vs Jesus I)

In our study of John’s Gospel, we’ve now made it past the Prologue! Although today’s reading still has a strong connection with it, essentially illustrating in narrative what was said in this part of the Prologue:

John 1:6-8 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

This first story is all about this witness to the light – John the Baptist – and emphasises the fact that he himself was not the light. In fact, it bangs on at considerable length about what John was¬†not. He wasn’t Elijah. He wasn’t the Messiah. And he wasn’t even just a very naughty boy. Let’s take a look at the story, then think about¬†why this is such an important point.

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