The Witness of John the Baptist

Text: John 1:19-34

I.         Who was John?

            A.        He was the child of Zacharias and Elizabeth - Luke 1:57-66

                        1.         His birth was a wonder, being announced by an angel.

                        2.         He was born to an elderly couple, much like Isaac

                        3.         The events caused people to wonder what type of man he would turn out to be.

            B.        He next appears in the wilderness - Mark 1:4-8

                        1.         His mission was to cause people to repent (to turn away from their sins)

                        2.         He taught people right from wrong, even when that teaching was unpopular and made people uncomfortable

                        3.         After 400 years of silence, God had sent a prophet among the people of Israel.

                        4.         His message was that the Messiah was about to come. God’s Anointed whom was prophesied about by so many prophets.

            C.        His teaching reminded people of the very last statement in the Old Testament - Malachi 4:5-6

                        1.         This is why people asked John, “Are you Elijah?”

                                    a.         His simple answer was “No”

                                    b.         The answer was true, because Elijah was dead.

                        2.         But in prophesying his birth, the angel said he would be like Elijah - Luke 1:17

                        3.         But Jesus said Elijah had come - Matthew 17:10-13

            D.        They asked if he was the Messiah, the Prophet and the answer was “No.”

            E.        John said he was the one Isaiah had spoken of many years before in Isaiah 40:3

II.        Prophets are recognized to speak on behalf of God. Their word is considered truth.

            A.        When John saw Jesus, listen to what he said - John 1:29-30

                        1.         He stated that Jesus was the sacrifice of God to remove sin.

                        2.         He stated that Jesus was not a mere man, but far above them

                        3.         He stated that Jesus was pre-existent.

            B.        Jesus was baptized by John - Matthew 3:13-17

                        1.         This event is important as it shows all three of the Godhead

                        2.         It is important because Jesus was the Messiah, the Anointed One

                        3.         He was not anointed with oil, but with the Holy Spirit himself - John 1:33

            C.        John gives his testimony - John 1:34