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John 1:19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, "I am not the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 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. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

John 1:19-28
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    • ‘Who are you?’ I put labels on people and think I know them. But can I even fathom the mystery of my own being? I cannot put an easy label on John the Baptist. He is a voice in the stillness of the desert. He points beyond himself. He doesn’t want to be an achiever. May he stir up in me a longing to look for the One who is coming.
    • Loving Father, who are you? I see in Jesus that you are pure gift of everlasting love. You are Mystery, beyond me. But In you I know my real worth and the value of everyone and everything in my life.
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    • The identity question ‘Who are you?’ leaps from this text. John knows who he is. He is clear about his call, his identity and mission. ‘I am a voice for the voiceless, a fingerpost pointing to the true Way – Jesus Christ.’
    • In prayer today I walk with John in the desert. I let him ask me: ‘Who are you?’ Can I express my relationship with Jesus with John’s conviction and integrity? ‘Lord, I long to hear your healing voice. Give me a firm belief that you are always inviting me to share in your mission.’
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    • There is a question for me: /Who are you? What do you say about yourself?/
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: /I am called into being by God, who loves me./
    • Little can be done in life just on our own. Rearing the family, being healed, growing up in  mind and body and soul – all need the co-operation of others. Some find any sort of dependency difficult, others can allow others help. John the Baptist knew there was little he could do himself. The one to come was the one all were waiting on. His life was dependent on Jesus for its meaning, and on many others for his life. Eventually another would kill him. Many cultures reward the self-made man, the self –made woman. We are not self-made, but are all God-made, at the beginning of life and all during our lives.
    • In prayer God speaks words of comfort and assurance into the wildernesses of our lives - our bad moments of guilt, fears, anxieties, resentment. God speaks words which help us put ourselves into a bigger world, the world of the love of God. In prayer God also calls each of us to be voices in the wilderness for others in their search for love, for meaning, for faith and for God.
    • • When asked who he is, John the Baptist replies that he is "the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" John compares himself to an engineer shouting out orders as the royal road is being prepared for the arrival of the king, or, in this case, for Jesus.
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    • There is a question for me: /Who are you? What do you say about yourself?/
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: /I am called into being by God, who loves me./
    • Little can be done in life just on our own. Rearing the family, being healed, growing up in  mind and body and soul – all need the co-operation of others. Some find any sort of dependency difficult, others can allow others help. John the Baptist knew there was little he could do himself. The one to come was the one all were waiting on. His life was dependent on Jesus for its meaning, and on many others for his life. Eventually another would kill him. Many cultures reward the self-made man, the self –made woman. We are not self-made, but are all God-made, at the beginning of life and all during our lives.
    • In prayer God speaks words of comfort and assurance into the wildernesses of our lives - our bad moments of guilt, fears, anxieties, resentment. God speaks words which help us put ourselves into a bigger world, the world of the love of God. In prayer God also calls each of us to be voices in the wilderness for others in their search for love, for meaning, for faith and for God.
    • • When asked who he is, John the Baptist replies that he is "the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" John compares himself to an engineer shouting out orders as the royal road is being prepared for the arrival of the king, or, in this case, for Jesus.
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    • There is a question for me: /Who are you? What do you say about yourself?/
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: /I am called into being by God, who loves me./
    • Little can be done in life just on our own. Rearing the family, being healed, growing up in  mind and body and soul – all need the co-operation of others. Some find any sort of dependency difficult, others can allow others help. John the Baptist knew there was little he could do himself. The one to come was the one all were waiting on. His life was dependent on Jesus for its meaning, and on many others for his life. Eventually another would kill him. Many cultures reward the self-made man, the self –made woman. We are not self-made, but are all God-made, at the beginning of life and all during our lives.
    • In prayer God speaks words of comfort and assurance into the wildernesses of our lives - our bad moments of guilt, fears, anxieties, resentment. God speaks words which help us put ourselves into a bigger world, the world of the love of God. In prayer God also calls each of us to be voices in the wilderness for others in their search for love, for meaning, for faith and for God.
    • • When asked who he is, John the Baptist replies that he is "the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" John compares himself to an engineer shouting out orders as the royal road is being prepared for the arrival of the king, or, in this case, for Jesus.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There is a question for me: /Who are you? What do you say about yourself?/
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: /I am called into being by God, who loves me./
    • Little can be done in life just on our own. Rearing the family, being healed, growing up in  mind and body and soul – all need the co-operation of others. Some find any sort of dependency difficult, others can allow others help. John the Baptist knew there was little he could do himself. The one to come was the one all were waiting on. His life was dependent on Jesus for its meaning, and on many others for his life. Eventually another would kill him. Many cultures reward the self-made man, the self –made woman. We are not self-made, but are all God-made, at the beginning of life and all during our lives.
    • In prayer God speaks words of comfort and assurance into the wildernesses of our lives - our bad moments of guilt, fears, anxieties, resentment. God speaks words which help us put ourselves into a bigger world, the world of the love of God. In prayer God also calls each of us to be voices in the wilderness for others in their search for love, for meaning, for faith and for God.
    • • When asked who he is, John the Baptist replies that he is "the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" John compares himself to an engineer shouting out orders as the royal road is being prepared for the arrival of the king, or, in this case, for Jesus.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There is a question for me: /Who are you? What do you say about yourself?/
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: /I am called into being by God, who loves me./
    • Little can be done in life just on our own. Rearing the family, being healed, growing up in  mind and body and soul – all need the co-operation of others. Some find any sort of dependency difficult, others can allow others help. John the Baptist knew there was little he could do himself. The one to come was the one all were waiting on. His life was dependent on Jesus for its meaning, and on many others for his life. Eventually another would kill him. Many cultures reward the self-made man, the self –made woman. We are not self-made, but are all God-made, at the beginning of life and all during our lives.
    • In prayer God speaks words of comfort and assurance into the wildernesses of our lives - our bad moments of guilt, fears, anxieties, resentment. God speaks words which help us put ourselves into a bigger world, the world of the love of God. In prayer God also calls each of us to be voices in the wilderness for others in their search for love, for meaning, for faith and for God.
    • • When asked who he is, John the Baptist replies that he is "the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" John compares himself to an engineer shouting out orders as the royal road is being prepared for the arrival of the king, or, in this case, for Jesus.