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The herald of God, John 1:19-28

9th Mar 2019

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. (NRSV)

John 1 19 28 version 2

A Herald Voice

I am not the Messiah
But the herald of the anointed one who is to come.
I am not the Messiah
But I prepare the way before him.
I am not the Messiah
Though the branch of Jesse is soon to come.

I am not Elijah
Though I hear my Lord in the still, small voice.
I am not Elijah
Though I am a man with a nature like his.
I am not Elijah
Though I speak of him who will restore all things.

I am not the Prophet
Though I am the dreamer of dreams, speaking the words of God.
I am not the Prophet
Though I tell of great news to come.
I am not the Prophet
Though I baptise you in water to prepare you for him.

I am John the Baptist
Herald voice of the one to come.


Catherine Duff, Distance Learning Student