What About John the Baptist

  • About John the Baptist (Mark 1:5-17)
    • Parents Zacharias and Elizabeth
      • Faithful to the Lord
      • No child late in years of life
    • V.10: Hour of incense was 9 am and 3 pm daily
    • V.13: Your prayer has been heard – they have been praying for a child or a priest was praying for the redemption of Israel.
    • John means the Lord is gracious
    • V.15: John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Spirit; this is how he fulfilled his ministry as the forerunner of Jesus.
  • The Voice in the Wilderness – John 1:19-28
    • Day 1 of Jesus Ministry
    • The Jews sent priests and Levites to question John the Baptist on who he was.
    • They asked if he was Elijah, the Christ, or the Prophet. Answer = no to all.
    • John the Baptist is the voice crying in the wilderness
      • Isaiah 40:3-8
        • V.3= John the Baptist OT prophecy.
    • Matthew 3:11- Baptize with Holy Spirit fire!
  • John 1:29-34
    • Second Day of Jesus Ministry
    • V. 29: Jesus is the Lamb of God, He is worthy!
      • Exodus 12:3-Passover lamb.
  • Challenge
    • John the Baptist was the forerunner for Jesus Christ
    • He was getting people ready to accept Jesus and to tell them about Him.
    • He was filled with the Holy Spirit; this is how he was able to fulfill his ministry.
    • Ephesians 3:16-19: Paul said we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
    • We need the Holy Spirit to be able to minister to others.
    • We are all called to witness to others, we need the Holy Spirit to do this.