This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
Last month, we looked at Matthew 1:16-25, Matthew 2:1-23, and Luke 2:1-52 which covered the events from Jesus' conception through childhood.
This month, we will cover the events immediately preceding Jesus' Ministry.
We will begin with the Big Picture perspective of these events...
"6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John."
(John the Disciple made this point clear: John the Baptist was sent from God. We've already covered the events surrounding John the Baptist's birth. Here is a link: Summary of John the Baptist.)
"7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him."
(John's purpose was to point ALL towards Jesus. It is God's Will that ALL believe in Jesus. God has provided everything necessary for Salvation for EVERYONE. It is the free will choice of the individual whether they believe through Jesus or not.)
(John the Baptist facilitated Jesus' Purpose and Progress. John the Baptist was a Leader. If Jesus EVER facilitated His own Purpose and Progress, then He would have proven to us that He was NOT the Son of God. This was a huge point throughout the verses we will cover this month: John facilitated Jesus' Purpose and Progress.)
"8 He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light."
(John the Disciple made it very clear that even though John the Baptist facilitated Jesus' Purpose and Progress, this did NOT make John the Baptist equal to Jesus. John the Baptist was NOT the light...but the person that bore witness to the light. John the Disciple got more specific about Jesus...the light:)
"9 There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
(Again, John the Disciple made the point that it was up to the free will of the individual whether they attain Salvation or not because God's Will was that ALL would attain Salvation. God provided everything that was necessary for EVERYONE to attain Salvation.)
John the Baptist was sent to bear witness to Jesus...to facilitate Jesus' Purpose and Progress. Jesus could not have facilitated His own Purpose and Progress.