VERSE 35.

HE WAS A
BURNING AND
SHINING LAMP.
LAMP: SEE. PSALM
132:17—“I WILL PLACE A
LAMP FOR MY ANOINTED
(= DAVID),”
AND POSSIBLY THE
DESCRIPTION OF ELIJAH IN
SIRACH 48:1. “…UNTIL LIKE
FIRE A PROPHET
APPEARED, HIS WORDS A
FLAMING FURNACE”
BUT ONLY FOR A WHILE,
INDICATING THE
TEMPORARY AND
SUBORDINATE NATURE OF
JOHN’S MISSION.
IN JOHN 1:20-27. WE
HEAR OF JOHN THE
BAPTIST’S TESTIMONY;
“…PRIESTS AND LEVITES
ASKED HIM, “WHO ARE
YOU?” HE ADMITTED
AND DID NOT DENY IT,
BUT ADMITTED, “I AM
NOT THE MESSIAH.”
SO THEY ASKED HIM,
“WHAT ARE YOU THEN?
ARE YOU ELIJAH?” AND
HE SAID, “I AM NOT.”
“ARE YOU THE
PROPHET?” HE
ANSWERED, “NO.” SO
THEY SAID TO HIM,
“WHO ARE YOU, SO WE
CAN GIVE AN ANSWER
TO THOSE WHO SENT
US? WHAT DO YOU
HAVE TO SAY FOR
YOURSELF?”
HE SAID: “I AM ‘THE
VOICE OF ONE CRYING
OUT IN THE DESERT,
“MAKE STRAIGHT THE
WAY OF THE LORD,”
AS ISAIAH THE
PROPHET SAID.”
SOME PHARISEES
WERE ALSO SENT.
THEY ASKED HIM,
“WHY THEN DO YOU
BAPTIZE IF YOU ARE
NOT THE MESSIAH OR
ELIJAH OR THE
PROPHET?”
JOHN ANSWERED THEM,
“I BAPTIZE WITH WATER;
BUT THERE IS ONE
AMONG YOU WHOM YOU
DO NOT RECOGNIZE,
THE ONE WHO IS COMING
AFTER ME, WHOSE
SANDAL STRAP I AM NOT
WORTHY TO UNTIE.”
VERSE 36. BUT I HAVE
GREATER TESTIMONY
THAN THAT OF JOHN.
JESUS POINTS TO HIS
WORKS AS GREATER
TESTIMONY THAN
THAT OF JOHN,
ALLUDING INDIRECTLY TO
THE CURE OF THE
PARALYTIC. THE
DIRECT CONNECTION OF
THE “WORK OF JESUS”
AND HIS BEING “FROM
GOD” IS MADE BY THE
BLIND MAN;
IF THIS MAN WERE NOT
FROM GOD, HE WOULD
NOT BE ABLE TO DO
ANYTHING.”
JOHN 9:33
IN THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS
(MATTHEW, MARK AND
LUKE), JESUS’ “WORKS”
ARE GIVEN AS EVIDENCE
THAT HE IS THE
EXPECTED ONE IN
RESPONSE TO A QUESTION
MADE BY THE BAPTIST’S
DISCIPLE ON BEHALF OF
THEIR IMPRISONED MASTER.
“…THE BLIND REGAIN
THEIR SIGHT, THE LAME
WALK, LEPERS ARE
CLEANSED, THE DEAF
HEAR, THE DEAD ARE
RAISED, AND THE POOR
HAVE THE GOOD NEWS
PROCLAIMED TO THEM”.
MATTHEW
IN THE SYNOPTIC GOSPEL THIS
FOUND IN 11:5–6, BUT THIS
RESPONSE OF JESUS’
RESPONSE IS TAKEN FROM
PASSAGES OF ISAIAH (ISAIAH
26:19; 29:18–19; 35:5–6;61:1)
ISAIAH 61:1
THE ANOINTED BEARER OF
GLAD TIDINGS THE SPIRIT OF
THE LORD GOD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE THE LORD HAS
ANOINTED ME;
HE HAS SENT ME TO BRING
GOOD NEWS TO THE
AFFLICTED, TO BIND UP THE
BROKENHEARTED, TO
PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE
CAPTIVES, RELEASE TO THE
PRISONERS.
VERSES 37 – 38:
YOU DO NOT HAVE HIS
WORD: THE REAL
WITNESS ON JESUS’
BEHALF IS THE FATHER.
FAILURE TO RECEIVE
GOD’S ENVOY IS CAUSE
FOR CONDEMNATION.
THE TWO NEGATIVE
CLAUSES SUGGEST THAT
JESUS’ PROTAGONISTS ARE
INCAPABLE OF RECEIVING
THAT TESTIMONY SINCE
THEY HAVE NOT HEARD
HIS VOICE, SEEN HIM, OR
POSSESSED HIS WORD OR
ABIDING WITH THEM.
Lesson
WHEN HE CALLS JOHN A
BURNING LAMP, THIS
PROVES THEIR
INGRATITUDE; FOR IT
FOLLOWS THAT THEY ARE
ONLY BLIND, BECAUSE
THEY CHOOSE TO BE SO,
SINCE GOD KINDLED A
LAMP BEFORE THEIR EYES.
THE MEANING OF THE
WORDS THEREFORE
IS, "GOD DID NOT
INTEND THAT YOU
SHOULD GO ASTRAY;
FOR HE APPOINTED
JOHN TO BE A LAMP.
THAT JOHN MIGHT
DIRECT YOU BY HIS
BRIGHTNESS; AND,
THEREFORE, WHEN YOU
DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE
ME TO BE THE SON OF
GOD, THIS ARISES FROM
VOLUNTARY ERROR.
WE CHOOSE NOT TO
FOLLOW THE LIGHT
AND INSTEAD BE
COMFORTABLE IN
THE DARK.
THIS IS FOLLOWED BY
ANOTHER REPROACH, THAT
NOT ONLY DID THEY SHUT
THEIR EYES, BUT THEY
INTENTIONALLY ABUSED IT
FOR THE PURPOSE OF
CRUSHING CHRIST. A
TREACHEROUS DESIGN NOT
TO GIVE WAY TO THE SON
OF GOD.