John & the religious (3:1-12)
- In verses 1-7 people are coming to John to be
baptized. The assumption is that he baptizes these people without hesitation
until the religious leaders show up, and then he interrogates them about why
they came to be baptized. What does he require from them as proof of
- John insists that the religious give him some
sort of evidence that they are really repentant and he tells them not to rest
on their heritage or nationality. Does John’s statement here suggest to his
audience that this is the mentality of the entire Jewish nation, that because
they are Jewish they have access to the kingdom of heaven?
- John gives the first apocalyptic sermon in this
gospel. From what we read in verses 8-12, how can or does this help our
understanding of hell and judgment?
John & the Righteous (3:13-17)
As a result of John calling everyone to
repentance and to be baptized, Jesus also comes to be baptized by John. Notice
that there is a difference between everyone who comes to be baptized and when
Jesus comes to be baptized. What is different between the two? Why are
the Jews answering John’s call? Why is Jesus answering John’s call?
- Why is it important that Jesus was not baptized
for the same reason(s) as the rest of Jerusalem?