“Jesus, A Miracle Worker” John the Baptist’s Testimony About Jesus

A Christ Filled Life- Getting to know who Jesus is.

I was just listening to Juanita Bynum sing “I don’t Mind Waiting (On the Lord)”.  She shares with us that the Holy Spirit gave her this song when she was going through a great trial and that she would wait on the Lord if it takes 20 years; because she would be waiting in the Lord.  Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say on the Lord.  (Psalm of David) 

Chorus:  I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, on the Lord.  I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, on the Lord.  I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, on the Lord.

What does it mean to wait on the Lord?  Waiting on the Lord suggests trust in God’s goodness and timing.  God sees things differently than we do, so answers to prayer may not always come in the way we want or as quickly as we want.  David waited on God–he depended on Him alone for his needs and looked expectantly to Him.  David also discovered the value of patience; he trusted God to send the answer–and only when–the time was right (Old Testament).  Quest Study Bible.

John 3:22) After these things came Jesus and His disciples into the land of Judea; and there He tarried with them, and baptized.  23) And John also was baptizing in AEnon near to Salim, because there was much water there:  and they came, and were baptized.  Genesis 14:18, 1Samuel 9:4.  24) For John was not yet cast into prison.  Luke 3:19,20.  25) Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.  26) And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same, baptizeth, and all men come to Him.  27) John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.  28) Ye yourselves bear witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. Malachi 3:1, Matthew3:3, 11, 12.  29) He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice:  this my joy therefore is fulfilled.  Ephesians 5:25.   30) He must increase, but I must decrease. Philippians 3:8, 9.  31) He that cometh from above is above all:  he that is of the earth is earthly and speaketh of the earth:  He that cometh from heaven is above all.  Romans 9:5.  32) And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; and no man receiveth His testimony.  33) He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 2 Corinthians 1:22.  34) For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.  Colossians 1:10.  35) The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.  36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Galatians 3:10.

Commentary:  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary- v23-25) The word baptism means to dip.  The way John the Baptist prepared people for Christ is similar to the Jewish custom of purifying people for worship.  To make people ceremonially clean, the Jews would pour water over them or dip them in a pool.  v27-30) John explains that God had called him to point the people to the Messiah.  That calling never changed.  While Jesus called others to follow Him (1:43) and be His disciples, John’s role was to go ahead of Him (v28).  v29 John compared himself to the friend of the bridegroom, who arranged the preliminaries of the wedding, managed the wedding and presided at the wedding feast.  When the friend of the bridegroom finished his job he had to get out of the way.  His joy came from the success of the bridegroom.  John was content to be a voice (1:23) and a friend.  v31 He who comes from above refers to Jesus Christ.  He who is of the earth refers to John the Baptist.  Jesus is from heaven and above all.  v32 No one, apart from God’s work in him or her (6:44), can accept Jesus Christ.  v33-36 In a society where many people could not read, seals were used to convey a message, even to the illiterate.  A seal indicated ownership to all and expressed a person’s personal guarantee.  Everlasting life can only be obtained by faith in Him, whereas all those who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.More to come! Blessings in His Name!

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