John 1:29-42 The witnesses to Jesus.

Our new devotional – ‘Give God Time

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn… 

I will sing the wondrous story…

John 1:29-42 Witnesses to Jesus. 

A Word in your ear. 

29 The next day, Yochanan (John) saw Yeshua (Jesus) coming toward him and said,

“Look! 

God’s lamb! 

The one who is taking away the sin of the world!”

As soon as John the Baptist spotted Jesus he pointed everyone to Him. He even sounds excited that the Person he is pointing people to, is coming to him. As soon as John saw Him, he recognised Him as the Messiah who is to take away the sins of the world. 

 30 “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘After me is coming someone who has come to rank above me, because he existed before me.’ 

John is ecstatic! ‘This is Him! This is Him!’ John knew He pre-existed! He knew that Jesus would ‘increase and that he would decrease’. Compare Luke 1:39-41. Elizabeth felt her unborn baby, John, leaped in her womb when Mary entered her house pregnant with Jesus!

31 I myself did not know who he was, but the reason I came immersing with water was so that he might be made known to Isra’el.” 

John’s excitement is lost in translation. John is a witness, showing people who the Messiah is. 

32 Then Yochanan (John) gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and remaining on him. 

John can confirm that he saw God bear witness that Jesus was His Son. 

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

John says that God is the real witness as it was God who spoke those words, saying so. What is more, He immerses disciples in the Holy Spirit. 

34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John is affirming in the strongest possible way, like an oath, that the Person He was pointing people to, is the Son of God. 

35 The next day, Yochanan (John) was again standing with two of his talmidim (disciples)

36 On seeing Yeshua (Jesus) walking by, he said, “Look! God’s lamb!” 

37 His two talmidim (disciples) heard him speaking, and they followed Yeshua (Jesus). 

Again, John saw Jesus and exclaimed to his own disciples, ‘That Him! God’s Lamb’ Because they were well taught, the disples knew exactly who John meant –  and left John to become disciples of Jesus. 

38 Yeshua (Jesus) turned and saw them following him, and he asked them, “What are you looking for?” 

Jesus didn’t ignore them but gave them a polite challenge. 

They said to him, “Rabbi!” (which means “Teacher!”) “Where are you staying?” 

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and remained with him the rest of the day — it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

Jesus welcomed them to hear more. He accepted that John had directed them to come to Him.

 40 One of the two who had heard Yochanan (John) and had followed Yeshua (Jesus) was Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa (Simon Peter).

And one of those two was Simon Peter’s brother, Andrew, who became one of the twelve disciples. No mention is made of who the other new follower was. (Andrew was Scotland’s choice for their ‘Patron Saint’!)

41 The first thing he did was to find his brother Shim‘on (Simon) and tell him, “We’ve found the Mashiach! (Messiah)” (The word means “one who has been anointed.”) 

Andrew immediately went and fetched his brother Simon Peter to bring him to the Messiah. He was evangelizing already! 

42 He took him to Yeshua (Jesus). Looking at him, Yeshua (Jesus) said, “You are Shim‘on (Simon – meaning ‘reed’) Bar-Yochanan (son of John); you will be known as Kefa (Peter).” (The name means “rock.”)

Summary:- 

Jesus knew him already – which must have made introductions easy!

John had already baptised Jesus, and suddenly he sees Him and shouts out… ‘Look – God’s Lamb’!

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

-The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Suggest Myanmar this month.)

-The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

-Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.

  • Today’s Challenge

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

Peter tells us in Acts 2:38 that the Holy Spirit is for believers who have; 1. repented and 2. been immersed afterward in water. We have to become like children and believe and accept what God says. 3. The Holy Spirit is what Jesus called God’s gift to us. Repenting and believer’s immersion is what we do. Giving us the Holy Spirit is what God does. Can you tick all those boxes? I highly recommend the testimony at the link below.

For more to think about …

i). Click this link to an inspiring testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see who some of those murdered by the church were, for getting baptised as believers in Jesus. It is spiritual warfare and we remember them – lest we forget their stand for Jesus.  https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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