December 26 ~ John Prepares the Way

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) The Two Guides Oil on canvas Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States)

•John the Baptist Prepares the Way•
Background @ Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 (John’s birth foretold, John’s birth, and Zechariah’s prophecy)
@ John 1:6-9, 15-18 (prologue)
@ Matthew 3:1
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean Wilderness and began preaching.
Story @ Mark 1:1-8 || @ Matthew 3:1-12 || @ Luke 3:1-18

•The Baptism of Jesus•
Background @ Mark 1-8 || @ Matthew 3:1-12 || @ Luke 3:1-18 (John the Baptist prepares the Way)
@ Matthew 3:13
One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee to the Jordan River.
Note: baptism definition @ Mark 1:4, and @ Matthew 3:15
Story @ Mark 1:9-11 || @ Matthew 3:13-17 || and @ Luke 3:21-22

•Jesus Tested in the Wilderness•
Background @ Mark 1:9-11 || @ Matthew 3:13-17 || @ Luke 3:21-22 (the baptism of Jesus)
@ Mark 1:12-13
Then Jesus, being baptized and full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness.
Story @ Matthew 4:1-11 || @ Luke 4:1-15

•The Testimony of John the Baptist•
Background @ Mark 1:1-8 || @ Matthew 3:1-12 || @ Luke 3:1-18 (John prepares the way)
@ John 1:19,28
This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
Story @ John 1:19-34 and 3:23-36

•The First Disciples (Andrew, Simon Peter, Phillip, Nathanael)•
Background @ John 1:19-34 and 3:23-36 (John’s testimony)
@ John 1:35-36
The following day, John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
Story @ John 1:35-51

•The Wedding at Cana•
Background @ John 1:35-51 (the first disciples)
@ John 2:1-2
The next day, there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus revealed his glory. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.
Note: oriental customs of love expressed in tone, look, and manners
Story @ John 2:1-12

•Jesus Clears the Temple•
Background @ John 2:1-12 (the wedding at Cana)
@ John 2:11-13
There was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. This miraculous sign, turning the water into wine, was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. After the wedding, Jesus went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples. It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
Story @ John 2:13-25

•Jesus and Nicodemus•
Background @ John 2:13-25 (Jesus clears the Temple)
@ John 2:23, and 3:1-2a
Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus.
Story @ John 3:1-22

•John the Baptist Exalts Jesus, Criticizes Herod Antipas•
Background @ John 1:19-51 (the testimony of John, the first disciples)
@ John 3:23
At this time, John was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism (this was before John was thrown into prison.)
Story @ John 3:23-36, and @ Luke 3:19-20

Winslow Homer
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art
Washington | United States

•The Story of the Samaritan Woman•
Background @ John 4:1-5
Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them – his disciples did.) So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired from the long walk (100mi?) sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
Note: historical background of siege of Samaria (2Kings 6:24-7:20) & parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Story @ John 4:1-45 (memorize for storytelling verses 4-19,25-29,40-42)

•Jesus and John the Baptist•
Background @ John 1:6-9,15 (prologue)
@ John 3:23-36, and 5:31-47 (John exalts Jesus, witnesses to Jesus)
@ Luke 3:19-20 (John imprisoned)
@ Matthew 11:2-3
John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
Story @ Matthew 11:1-19 || @ Luke 7:18-35

•The Death of John the Baptist•
Background @ John 1:6-9, 15 (prologue)
@ John 3:23-36, and 5:31-47 (John exalts Jesus, witnesses to Jesus)
@ Luke 3:19-20 (John imprisoned)
@ Matthew 11:1-19 || @ Luke 7:18-35 (Jesus and John the Baptist)
@ Matthew 14:1-2
When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything Jesus was doing, he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead. Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.
Story @ Luke 9:7-9 || Mark 6:14-29 || @ Matthew 14:1-12
~ §tacy §weeney

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