Comparison: Jesus vs. John

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Comparison: Jesus vs. John

Contrast: Jesus vs. John

  • Passage begins with John’s birth announced in Temple (1:13); ends with Jesus teaching in Temple (2:49)

  • John’s parents are aged (1:18); Jesus’ conception is from a virgin (1:34-35)

  • John is endowed with Spirit from birth (1:15); Jesus is endowed with Spirit from conception (1:35)

  • Mary defers to Elizabeth and John by journeying to her; Elizabeth defers to Mary by calling her “Mother of my Lord”; John by leaping at sound of Mary’s voice (1:39-45)

  • John’s birth celebrated by neighbors and relatives (1:58); Jesus’ birth celebrated by angels praising God (2:13-14)

  • John is great as a prophet of Most High God (1:15, 76); Jesus is great as unique Son of Most High God (1:32-33, 69)

  • John’s ministry is to prepare people to meet the Lord (1:17); Jesus will be cause of great division (2:34-35)

  • Jesus receives twice as much material as John

  • John receives a prophetic response in Temple (1:67-79); Jesus receives two prophetic responses in the Temple: Simeon and Anna

  • Carefully note how in Luke-Acts this continues: Acts 13:24-25, 18:25; 19:1-4

What is a faithful response in Luke-Acts?

  • Hearing and doing what the Word (or prophetic word) says!

  • Understanding is not a prerequisite to faith.

  • Pondering, wondering, questioning are all valid as long as they do not deter you from the “journey” of faith

  • Mary becomes the ideal character; godly person; Zechariah proclaims the wrong response; hears but does not “listen.” Thus, he loses the ability to speak to the people or top represent them.

  • But there is the possibility of “recovery”, for as he acts obediently, immediately his voice returns.

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