The testimony of John the Baptist in John 1 video discussion

The lectionary gospel reading for Advent 3 is John 1.6–8 and 19–28, which picks out parts of John the Baptist’s testimony from the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel. Despite being highly selective from this remarkable opening chapter, it nevertheless contains key words and ideas that are carried through the whole gospel.

Come and join Ian and James as they discuss this text, its insights, and question around reading and preaching on it.

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3 thoughts on “The testimony of John the Baptist in John 1 video discussion”

  1. Ah, James and Ian what a treasure trove you have presented to us, an early Christmas present on on this eve of Advent.
    I am just admiring some of it’s nuts and bolts.

  2. The Father has sent Jesus into the world with a message, so Jesus has sent His church into the world with a message.
    In John’s gospel, and in the letters of John, fifty-five times that verb occurs: “that sent me.” And forty-one times of those are of Jesus Christ having been sent by His Father. Jesus is the sent One.
    “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
    —it is a fallen world. It is mankind alienated from the life of God, laden with sin, exposed to judgment, and desperately in need of salvation. It is a world that is in rebellion against God. It is a world that is now in the grip of the evil one. It is a world that is set over against God, following its own wisdom. It is a world of pride, covetousness, idolatry, pleasures, wickedness. It is, beloved, a world in the grip of death.
    More than that, in verse 14 we find that it is a world that hates Christ and, therefore, hates His church and will persecute her.
    “I send you out as sheep among wolves”
    “ If they have hated me they will hate you also.”

    I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners TO REPENTANCE.”

    Jesus entered the world, the God-sent One. We are to go in order that people might be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that God might receive all the glory. Acts 26:20
    The church[es] like a misfunctioning computer has been corrupted with malware. It needs to be rebooted and restored to its factory settings; go back to its foundational settings; exemplified by Prophets, the Apostles, Paul and Jesus who entered the world, the God-sent One. We are to go in order that people might be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that God might receive all the glory.
    God does not call us to faith initially, but to repentance a word not heard much today and for many decades now.
    The baptism of Jesus is the beginning of the Gospel [Mark Ch 1]
    Without the preaching of repentance there is no preparation for faith or Christ. Too many, through poor preaching of the foundational Gospel, are living in a fool’s paradise.
    How important are missions? It is a mark of the true church. We are called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read in the Canons of Dordt, Second head of doctrine, Article 5: “This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be declared and published to all nations, and to all persons promiscuously and without distinction, to whom God out of His good pleasure sends the gospel.”
    Who does God send? The humble, the obedient, the submissive, the baptized and people whose egos have been mortified /crucified. Gal 2:20.
    So, the sent-ones are chosen by the Father. Jesus says, “Those whom thou gavest me.” They are sent by Jesus Christ. And they are empowered by the Holy Spirit—that missionary Spirit given to the church on Pentecost. So there is identification with the One who sends us, and there is the calling to be obedient. That is who are sent.
    What picture do they have of Christ in me? Do they see His glory, or do they at times see a lack of concern or even of disdain, as if we are too good for others? Do they see pride and impatience or our ego’s?


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