For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
WHO ARE YOU?
this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests
and Levites to ask him who he was.
did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the
asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said,
"I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered,
they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those
who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice
of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' 24
some Pharisees who had been sent
questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ,
nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26
baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands
one you do not know.
is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not
worthy to untie."
and over all, that you may be found in Him, not having a righteousness
of your own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in
Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
(Ph. 3:9). But in addition to this, there is a deed he wants to do
through you in the world.
Always have this in mind considering your salvation;
it is built on a different ground than what is happening with you. But
summons that it is something that we should avoid.
A man, sent
from God, that
is what John was. But so are
as a Christian!
A letter from Christ to the world, says the Word. (2 Cor. 3:3). It is
this question: “What do
say about yourself?” (v.22b). It has to be both important and
interesting to see how this
What do you say
about yourself, my reader?
Who are you? That was a natural question for the Pharisees, and not: Who do you represent? Or, who sent you? We know so well this focus on man itself. But a man has in this context, only significance of whom sent him, and in that way he performs the mission of Him whom sent him. His own is not interesting and dangerous to be occupied with.
Now they were
wondering about whether He was the Messiah! Did they ever think: if He
really was the Messiah, how can it be that
do not know Him?
Look at the Pharisees relationship with God the Messiah – is it Him, or Him? - Compared to for example Simeon and Anna in the temple (Luk. 2:25), who knew Him, as soon as His parents brought Him in. The Holy Ghost was over them! – That was the difference.
testifies in joy and delight, that he now can leave this world in peace,
because of the child he is holding in his arms. So,
they had matted into a net, consisting of hundred of laws and
regulations. While Simeon and Anna were God’s children, in wait for the
comfort of Israel (Luk. 2:25), the other ones get the description. “You
brood of vipers!” (Matthew 3:7). This means the child of the devil.
Where are these
Pharisees today? Yes, their spiritual relatives
are here right
in our midst and are persecuting the true Messiah and His called, now as
But they asked a question here that we should let everybody here: “What do you say about yourself?”
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