The Gospel according to John differs from those of Mark, Matthew, and Luke.
John begins with creation, which is brought into being through the WORD that is Christ.
John, similar to Mark, does not include a birth narrative.
John does include Jesus’ baptism, but it is through the witness of John the Baptist to his disciples instead of Jesus. This is where we enter into the gospel this morning.
John the Baptist is excited, this is the One for whom he prepared the way.
John’s disciples were excited for the Israelites had been waiting centuries for their Messiah to come.
And Jesus’ first words, his first impression made, in the gospel of John is a question.
As one who is inquisitive, I appreciate Jesus arriving on scene with a question especially the simplistic yet complex and vastly open ended question posed…
What are you looking for? Or better yet, What are you seeking?
These disciples of John respond ‘to know if you are the long awaited Messiah’. Read the rest of this entry »