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John 1:19-21

This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No,” he replied.

John the Baptist and Jesus have their lives intertwined. So who is the Messiah?

First Century Israel Messiah Description:

King from the house of David who would overthrow all injustice and rule over Israel and maybe the whole world, too. Prior to Jesus others are called the Messiah, including Cyrus of Persia, who is their enemy, but who helps them out (Isaiah 45:1).

This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one,

    whose right hand he will empower.

Now it’s Jesus’ turn. Is he the Messiah?

Or is he Elijah?

Elijah? Elijah is taken to heaven directly (2 Kings 2:11).

As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Elijah will return before the Day of the Lord when he world would be judged by God (Malachi 4:5).

See, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreaded day of the Lord.

Now they think John the Baptist is the one sent to announce God’s new day. Jesus apparently thinks this (Mark 9:13). Speaking of John the Baptist, Jesus says:

See, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreaded day of the Lord.

John doesn’t want anyone to think this way. Not the Messiah and not Elijah.

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Think about a time that God worked in your life  through someone who was not a follower of Jesus.

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