Q) How did Jesus’ words and life impact John the Baptist?
Q) How could these truths impact our relationships?
John the Baptist’s mother, Elizabeth was an older relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus. (Luke 1:26-45)
- John the Baptist was 6 months older than Jesus
- John and Jesus were “second cousins”
Concept: It is not unreasonable that as children Jesus played with John. Remember that Jesus lived a sinless life. Never angry, totally helpful, always told the truth. If something went wrong what do you think they said about Jesus?
Maybe, “Jesus couldn’t have done it, he’s perfect.”
1. Know your role and mission from God:
- Zechariah, John’s dad, prophesized that John would prepare the way for the Messiah (Luke 1:76)
- John the Baptist said, he was not the Christ nor Elijah, but the “Voice” calling… (John 1:22-23)
2. Overcome “I won’t”… “I can’t”
John said, I am not worthy to untie His sandals (Jn 1:26-27)
Illustration: Dawn overcoming “I can’t” to become a Christian: The issues were _________________ & going to ________
God’s humor: a. ___________________________________
Q) If Christ were here and asked you to do something _______ what area would you resist Him in doing? Circle answers.
- Walk away from crude jokes on your job
- Share Christ with your neighbor, mom, brother, …
- Go to Bible School; take an on-line Bible course
- Serve with a mission’s team
- Other: _______________________________________
3. Build your Disciples – Be the Example
John (like Jesus) developed, taught and mentored disciples
Your disciples may be your children, grandchildren, students you teach, a home study group, a mentee, etc.
- Let your disciples see you reading your Bible, telling the truth, admitting you were wrong, serving, listening
4. Transfer your Disciples to Christ
John saw Jesus & said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (Jn. 1:29-37)
- He pointed beyond himself that Christ was God’s Son
- He transferred his disciples to follow Christ
5. Boldly speak the Truth
- Hundreds came into the wilderness to hear John preach repent and prepare for the Lord… (Luke 3:2-6)
- A fearless confronter - He publicly rebuked Herod Antipas for marrying his brother’s wife (Luke 3:19-20)
6. Be Real – It is OK to admit that you have Doubts
Jesus’ ministry was growing in influence and John the Baptist was in prison. John sent his disciples to ask Christ, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Mat. (11:2-10)
Jesus eased John’s concerns by quoting Isaiah 35 that the Messiah would heal the blind, the lame, the deaf…”
- Having doubts is not a sin
- But do seek answers because the truth will set you free
7. Be willing to Pay the Price for following Jesus
- John was imprisoned to silence him and Herod’s wife had him beheaded. (Mark 6:14-29)
Christ’s commentary on the life of John the Baptist:
Jesus said, “…There has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist (who has fulfilled his God-given purpose better than John); yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Mat. 11:11)