Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Wait Again! John Didn't Know Jesus Personally? I Taught They Were Relatives
The Angel said to Mary in Luke 1:36 "And your cousin Elizabeth conceived of a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God."
The above portion categorically tells us that Mary and Elizabeth were cousins.
Fast-rewind to one of the synoptic gospel writers Mathew.
Mathew 11:2-4 "John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting? Jesus told them, Go back and tell John what's going on."
Interestingly, it wasn't recorded that John got to set a glimpse at Jesus thereafter because he was imprisoned and eventually beheaded by Herod after Herodias' daughter's wish came to play which was masterminded by Herodias.
Now the question is why did John ask if Jesus was the Messiah? I taught he, John, personally baptized Jesus.
-Mathew 3:13-15 "Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, 'I'm the one who needs to be baptized not you! But Jesus insisted, Do it. God's work putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in baptism, so John did it."
Well, Jesus knew John so well and loved him unconditionally. He acknowledged his noble work of mentoring and preparing the people for the kingdom of heaven.
Peep Mathew 11:11;
Jesus said, "No one in history surpasses John the baptizer; but in the kingdom he prepared for you, the lowliest person is ahead of him."
My Concern: *Jesus knew so much about John the baptist but John the baptist doubted if he were the messiah while at prison by instructing his disciples for re-investigation.
*How come none of John's disciples were able to recognize Jesus even as at their presence during Jesus' baptism by John the baptist. *Even if John the baptist had new set of disciples, how come the former ones weren't able to bear witness.
*John did not display an existing bond or familiarity between himself and Jesus even with the fact that their mothers Elizabeth and Mary were (intimate) cousins which automatically made Jesus and John relatives. *Remember that Mary knew where Elizabeth resided and even holidayed with her for three months when Elizabeth was six months gone in her pregnancy.
Side note: This post is open to to constructive criticism and directives.
Anchor Scripture: Mathew 11:25
"You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people."
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