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Going deeper

Laura Digan December 20, 2023 2 1
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John 1: 19-28 (NRSVA)

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21 And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ 22 Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ 23 He said,

‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord”’,

as the prophet Isaiah said.

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ 26 John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ 28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

There were lots of questions about John: Who was he? What was his purpose? What was he up to?

Questions are good, questions that challenge our beliefs can deepen our faith and deepen our relationship with God. 

When I was studying theology at university I was in classes with people who had no faith, who had a little faith, and people who had a completely different theology to me. It made me question my beliefs. Not in a bad way. It made me look to the Bible, to go deeper into God’s word for the answers to my questions, drawing me ultimately closer to God. 





May my doubts find their answer with you.

May my questions bring me closer to you.