16 Sep John 1: 19-28

19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

This section begins by telling us of a conflict between John the Baptist and a delegation of priests and Levites sent by the Jews, which identifies the religious opposition to Jesus’ ministry. John is the one who is standing between two worlds, the old and the new. The Law will be fulfilled in Jesus and He will bring grace to all who will receive Him. Look again at John 1:20; “He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am no the Christ.” That, my friend, is strong. John dealt with the situation head on. As the confrontation ends, John tells these unbelievers that one stands among them whom they do not know, who is above all men. We can never doubt that; we must let Him deal with our sin, and we must follow Him to the end.