BSF Study Questions John Lesson 2, Day 3: John 1:29-36

Summary of passage:  John points out Jesus as the Son of God since he saw the Spirit come done and remain on Jesus.

Questions:

6a)  Jesus’ baptism allows the Holy Spirit to live inside of someone and gives them the saving waters of God.  John’s baptism is only to cleanse the soul and prepare to receive Jesus.  John cleanses.  Jesus bestows.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Everything.  I walk with Jesus and in his ways–not in mine.  I work for him, not me.  It’s all about him.

7a)  The lamb was a sin offering for the Jesus people, a sacrifice they must make on the altar to atone for their sins.  Isaiah says how lambs are led to the slaughter.  In calling Jesus the Lamb of God, John the Baptist is saying Jesus is the sacrifice that must be made to atone for their sins.  The difference is this is final.  No more sacrifices will have to be made.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  It’s a vivid image on the meekness of Jesus and the sacrifice he bore for our sins.  It makes me more worshipful.

Conclusions:  I will probably be saying “everything” a lot this year to personal questions because Jesus is our everything.

End Notes:  Here we’ve skipped ahead.  Most scholars believe this passage is after John baptized Jesus (since that’s when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus: Matthew 3:13-17) and after the 40 days of temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; Mark 1:12-13).  Jesus came back to see John the Baptist in his work.

John could have described Jesus as any thing here:  the king, the conqueror, the Savior, the mighty, the great, etc.  Instead, he chooses the Lamb.  How powerful!  Jesus as the sacrifice–the whole reason we are saved and how we get to God.  Remember that.

Fun Fact:  “Lamb of God” is found in the Bible only twice:  here and in verse 36.

This whole sentence is perhaps the most concise description of Jesus in the Bible and the most important:  “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”.  John sees Jesus first, calls him by his role, and tells us what Jesus does for us.

Note how many times we’ve seen the lamb in the Old Testament:  The lamb slain before the foundation of the world, the animal slain in the Garden of Eden to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness, the lamb provided to Abraham in place of Isaac, the Passover lamb, and the guilt offerings required by God to cleanse Israel of its sins.

Taking away is bearing.

Note it’s sin (singular), not sins (plural).  All of humanity’s sin is bore by Jesus.

Jesus was before John like he was before all of us:  since the beginning of time.  Remember, John the Baptist is older than Jesus so he’s speaking of eternal existence here.

The Greek word for “man” here connotes head of household, Jesus’ superiority over man and women.

Jesus already had the Holy Spirit.  It was merely made visible by God to John so he could witness to the people.

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3 comments on “BSF Study Questions John Lesson 2, Day 3: John 1:29-36

  1. Sybil says:

    Thank you so much for your insight into these questions. I have followed your blog for a long time now, and you are an exceptional teacher, and a great person. I agree with you that BSF is getting more and more “personal” with their questions. Why can’t this be more about “CHRIST” and less about “US”?

    • Willow says:

      I think if we look at scripture as knowledge only we miss it’s greatest gift. The personal connection/application transforms us. It is uncomfortable to reflect on the personal application because it requires us to change or remember experiences God sent our way that were difficult. Sharing in a group setting allows others to come along side of us for encouragement and accountability. I personally love hearing authentic ways God is changing others or has changed them. It strengthens my faith. It also pushes me to examine my own heart in relation to God’s word. When someone is our group responds with a pat answer to a personal question because they don’t want to reveal too much, I think about how a new believer or seeker receives that response.

      I’m realizing in my life, I love learning in an academic fashion. It makes me feel strong. It’s easy for me. And it feels pretty comfortable. I’m looking forward to meditating on some of the personal questions this year to see how the application can move me in a different direction. It will be exciting to see what changes will result and how sharing might help others. Since BSF has changed the direction of the questions, I might as well dive in and go deep.

  2. AL, Singapore says:

    I agree with Willow that if we study in BSF for knowledge only, we WILL miss the greatest blessing that God has prepared for each one of us.Personal questions can also lead us to the dark areas of our lives that we sometimes do not know exist.When we apply the principle, we allow the Word to sanctify us.

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