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Bring It On-Line: Jesus and John the Baptist

In John 1:31, John the Baptist states: "I myself did not know him...." Do you think John and Jesus knew each other as children since they were second cousins? Is there any documentation outside the Bible that tells us this? Read Transcript


IT IS TIME FOR "BRING IT

ON."

Terry: THIS IS A

VIEWER, GORDON, WHO SAYS IN

JOHN 1: 31: JOHN THE BAPTIST

STATES "I, MYSELF, DID NOT

KNOW HIM.

DO YOU THINK THAT JOHN AND

JESUS KNEW EACH OTHER?

IS THERE ANY DOCUMENTATION

OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE THAT

TELLS US THIS?"

Gordon: THERE IS NO

DOCUMENTATION, BUT I THINK

IT IS OBVIOUS.

THERE WAS A POINT IN TIME

WHEN JESUS WAS DOWN IN

EGYPT, BUT THEN HE

RETURNED.

WE KNOW FROM THE BIBLE THAT

HE WENT TO THE TEMPLE FOR

HIS BARMITZVAH.

SO IF JOHN IS SIX MONTHS

OLDER THAN JESUS, THEY WOULD

HAVE GOAF GONE TO THE MAJOR

FEASTS, THE FEASTS OF

TABERNACLES, PASSOVER, AND

THEY WOULD HAVE GONE TO

JERUSALEM, AND BECAUSE

THEY'RE COUSINS, THEY

PROBABLY WOULD HAVE MET.

BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION,

WE NEED TO LOOK AT EXACTLY

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IN THE

VERSE YOU QUOTE, JOHN 1: 29:

"THE NEXT DAY JOHN SAW JESUS

COMING TOWARD HIM AND SAID

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHO

TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE

WORLD.

THIS IS HE, WHOM I SAID

AFTER ME COMES A MAN WHO IS

PREFERRED BEFORE ME FOR HE

WAS BEFORE ME.

THEN HE SAYS, I DID NOT KNOW

HIM, BUT THAT HE SHOULD BE

REVEALED TO ISRAEL.

THEREFORE I CAME BAPTIZING

WITH WATER."

AND JOHN BORE WITNESS

SAYING, "I SAW THE SPIRIT

ASCENDING FROM HEAVEN ABOVE,

AND I DID NOT KNOW HIM, BUT

HE WHO SENT ME, TO BAPTIZE

WITH WATER, YOU SEE THE

SPIRIT DESCENDING ON HIM.

AND I HAVE SEEN AND

TESTIFIED THAT THIS IS THE

SON OF GOD."

IF WE CAN GO BACK TO THE

PART THAT SAID "I DID NOT

KNOW HIM, BUT THAT HE SHOULD

BE REVEALED TO ISRAEL," THAT

IS THE KEY POINT HERE.

THAT EVEN THOUGH JOHN WAS

JUST SIX MONTHS OLDER THAN

JESUS, EVEN THOUGH THEY

PROBABLY KNEW EACH OTHER

GROWING UP, HE SAYS, "I

DIDN'T KNOW HIM."

BECAUSE YOU CAN MEET

SOMEBODY, YOU CAN GROW UP

WITH THEM EVEN, BUT THE

REVELATION THAT HE

PRE-EXISTED JOHN DIDN'T

HAPPEN UNTIL THE SPIRIT OF

GOD REVEALED UPON WHOM YOU

SEE THE SPIRIT COMING AND

DESCENDING, THAT'S THE ONE.

THEN THE GREAT REVELATION

CAME TO JOHN, SAYING THIS IS

HE WHO PRECEDED YOU -- EVEN

THOUGH HE WAS BORN AFTER

YOU, HE EXISTED BEFORE YOU.

THE GREAT REVELATION THAT

JESUS IS THE ALPHA AND

OMEGA, THAT IN THE BEGINNING

HE WAS WITH GOD AND HE WAS

GOD.

THAT IS PROFOUND.

AND THAT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU

GET GROWING UP WITH

SOMEBODY.

THAT'S A REVELATION THAT

COMES FROM THE SPIRIT OF

GOD.

SO JOHN REVEALS IN THE VERY

VERSE THAT YOU QUOTE: "I DID

NOT KNOW HIM, BUT THAT HE

SHOULD BE REVEALED TO

ISRAEL."

SO WHEN YOU GET THAT

UNDERSTANDING THAT HE SHOULD

BE REVEALED TO ISRAEL --

THERE IS A WONDERFUL GREEK

WORD FOR REVEALED THERE.

IT COMES BY REVELATION, AND

THE GREEK REALLY CAN BE

TRANSLATED -- IT IS LIKE

TURNING THE LIGHT ON.

THE SCALES FALL OFF YOUR

EYES, THAT YOU FINALLY,

THROUGH REVELATION,

UNDERSTAND JESUS IS THE SON

OF GOD.

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