What does it say?
- Read John 1:19-34
- Who's mentioned?
- What does the author tell us about John?
- Who do the Pharisees think he might be? (verse 25)
- What questions do the Priests and Levites want John to answer?
- Does John answer the question?
- What titles does John the Baptist use to describe Jesus? (verse 29, 34)
What does it mean?
- Summarize the passage in one sentence.
- Read Isaiah 40:3.
- Why do you think John references this passage? (verse 23)
- What is John saying about himself?
- What do you think the average Israelite thought about when they heard "Lamb of God"? (think about Genesis 22:8 or Isaiah 53:6-7)
- What does this reveal about Jesus?
- John says that he came baptizing with water "that he (the Lamb of God) might be revealed to Israel".
- How do you think John's baptism accomplishes this?
- John repeats how the Spirit remains on Jesus after it descends on him. (verse 32, 33)
- Why do you think John emphasizes this?
- He may be alluding to another passage in Isaiah. Read Isaiah 11:1-2 and note any significant connections you see.
How should it change us?
- Is there a testimony or message that has made a significant impact in your life? What was so special about that message?
- God used John to bear witness about Jesus through baptism and proclamation among the people of Israel.
- How do you see God using your life to bear witness about Jesus?
- What is one step you can take to "bear witness" or share your testimony about Jesus with others?
- John called Jesus the "Lamb of God" as well as the "Son of God"
- Why is it important for our witness about Jesus to center on these ideas?
- How would your life change if you believed that Jesus was the Song of God but not the Lamb of God?
- Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
- Sing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery to God and to one another.