After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.
Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized.(This was before John was put in prison.)
An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan–the one you testified about–well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
He must become greater; I must become less.OR He will increase I will decrease
”The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful;For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless。32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
施洗约翰的门徒为什么来找老师？ Why did the disciples come to John the baptist?
v.25约翰门徒与犹太人的辩论 The argument between John’s disciples and some Jews
v.26野心、嫉妒、争竞和比较。Covetousness,Ambition, Jealous, comparison, competition.(The tenth commandment:You shall not covet your neighbor’s….Ex.2017)
施洗约翰的回应 v.27 他知道上帝的掌权 He knew the authority of God
一生的疆界，上帝已经定下来。不要吃着碗里的看着锅里的。吃自己的饭，喝自己的杯子。 God gives everyone his/her own piece of land. Do not covet your neighbor’s land.
John the Baptist knew his Identity.
He Knew Who he was and who he was not.
A. 从地上来。From the earth(v31)
B. 属乎地。 Belongs to the earth
John the Baptist knew his mission/Job.
He Knew he was not the first one.
Prepare Jesus’ way.
John the Baptist knew his fate.
v.30 He will increase, but I will decrease.
Do you want to decrease?
John the Baptist knew Jesus’ Identity.
He is from above (One person of the Trinity God)
B.他在万有之上He is Above all.
C.他是新郎 He is Bridegroom v29
John the Baptist knew Jesus’ mission/Job.
A.行计划 Fulfill Father’s plan v31,34 B.娶新妇 Get married（v 29） C. 审判人 Judge us (v.32,36) D. 拯救人 Save us (v.33,36) 35父爱子，已将万有交在他手里。36信子的人有永生。不信子的人得不着永生，神的震怒常在他身上。
3.约翰认识耶稣的命运 John the Baptist knew Jesus’ fate.
A.他必兴旺 He will increase (v.30)
He will die on the Cross and arise again.
教会是基督的新妇。 The church is His Wife.
所有服事神的都不是主角。All His followers are not “protagonist”
What is our church’s mission?
What is our own mission?