PORTRAITS OF JESUS
Lesson Two (John 1:19-35)
John’s (the Baptist) Portrait of Jesus
The Prophet (The Christ)
The Lamb of God
The Son of God
John the Baptist is introduced as a witness to Jesus in 1:6-9
What was his witness?
- Notice John said he was not the Christ, Elijah, nor the Prophet.
- Yet he was identified by Jesus as “Elijah” (Mat. 11:14; 17:10-13; Mal. 4:5-6; Lk 1:11-17; Is. 40:3)
- Why would John not admit that he was Elijah? Did he not realize that he was? Was he concerned that they misunderstood Elijah as the same as the Christ? Was he aware of a “resurrection of Elijah cult” to which he did not want to be identified?
- The “Prophet” was from Deut. 18:15 (Notice how this is used with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration Mat. 17:5) And this is equated to Jesus in Acts 3:18-23, which is identified with the Christ (Messiah).
- John implies in his answers that the Christ, Elijah and Prophet that they are asking about is Jesus, the one who was to come after him, the Messiah.
- Why did the question to John about his baptizing connect to his being the Christ? What does his answer tell us about Christ’s ministry and personality? (consider the significance of the Holy Spirit) How does this relate to how we should do our ministry and be the people we should be?
- Based on John witnessed at the baptism of Jesus and his receiving the Holy Spirit, he testifies that Jesus is the Son of God.
- Why did he come to that conclusion?
- What has the Gospel of John said to this point about the topic of “sons of God”? (John 1:12-13, 18)
- What conclusions might be drawn from linking our “sonship” to Jesus’ “sonship” based on John’s witness of Jesus receiving the Holy Spirit?
- What implications of our “sonship” to becoming like Christ (Rom. 8:29; Heb. 12:1-13)?
- Then we have John giving the recognition of Jesus being the “Lamb of God”
- What significance does John give to this title?
- What is the Old Testament significance to Lamb of God? (consider the Passover Lamb Ex. 12 and the sacrifice of Is. 53)
- How does Jesus as the Lamb of God apply to our becoming like Christ (1 Pet. 2:21)?
by David Bearden