John the Baptist was an interesting character. He is the focus of today's passage:
While John the Baptist is the center of attention, he points others to Christ. He proclaimed a message of repentance. He told people to repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand. The word repent means turn. He told them to turn away from their sinfulness and turn toward Christ. He then baptized those who repented.
Some thoughts from this passage:
Welcome to the discussion. Read through the passage for today (John 1:1-18). I have provided a link below that will open a new window with the passage. I have linked to the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). You can shift to another translation if you like or read a variety of translations. I am using the HCSB for daily reading this year.
Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. He was a Pharisee which means that he was very devout in following the Old Testament Law. He was highly schooled in the scriptures and took his faith very seriously. Paul was a Pharisee. We often use the term Pharisee synonymously with hypocrite. Some of them were hypocrites because they claimed to be zealous for God but were actually in opposition to God’s plan in Jesus. Many Pharisees became Christians. We know about Nicodemus and Paul, but there were others at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15.
Barnabas and Saul began their missionary journey having been sent by the church at Antioch under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. They first went to Cyprus which was the homeland of Barnabas.