The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
The below passage provides insight into John the Baptizer, a prophet called by God to prepare people for Jesus.
Excerpt from the Gospel
John 1:19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- Why were the religious leaders interested in John the Baptizer’s identity.
- In what ways has God defined your identity? For insights, consider Romans 6:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:7 or 1 Peter 2:9.
- Share three words that help describe your relationship with God.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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This devotion is for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, following the LCMS three-year lectionary. You can download a free copy of all the 2017-2018 Conversations about Faith & Life devotions on the Resources page.
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