|Pic from Gibson's movie: "The Passion of the Christ." |
Pharisees of Christ's day were epitomes of hypocrisy;
such as religious leaders of today.
Gospel of John Question: Why wasn't John the Baptist accepted and received by the religious leaders of his day?
Scripture - John 1:19-28
19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”
22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’as the prophet Isaiah said.”
|Artist's sketch of John the Baptist proclaiming|
and urging the people to repent of their sins.
He called them to "bring forth fruit fitting of
repentance." John 3:7;8;9
Answers to the above question:
Marks of God's [true] prophets:
1 - God's prophets run cross grain to the religious influential elite. The old adage proves to be correct: "Familiarity breeds contempt." Also, note the following Scriptures relating to the greatest of all prophets; Jesus Christ, (Himself):
- "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him." - John 1:11
- "So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.'” - Matthew 13:57
3 - God's prophets proclaim the Word of God. That Word of God is a "turn off" to the unregenerate, as stated in Jesus Christ's own words:
John 8:47 - "He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” Note - Read the context: John 8:1f - (the whole chapter).
Specifically, to John's day:
4 - The established religious order did not conceive of the type of Messiah which John the Baptist was conveying. They did not conceive of God's promised One - The Messiah, as a suffering and dying servant for the world's sins [Isaiah 53:1f]; but rather as an earthy Monarch who would politically free them from their Roman colonial overseers.
God's (true) prophets are not entangled with the cosmos (earthly) status quo. His prophets, rather proclaim God's divine revelation and apply it both generically and specifically to their present generation. They do so, putting their reputation and creature comforts aside and at risk. They proclaim God's Word, guided by that same Word (Scripture) and the Holy Spirit of God who promised to lead His disciples into all the truth. John 14:17 ; John 15:26 ; John 16:13
|God's prophets in every age|
have been persecuted. Foxe's
Book of Martyrs is an excellent
As in John the Baptist's day, the religious leaders allowed the message of John to go in one ear and out the other by focusing on who John the Baptist [was]. No prophet of God is without sin (except Christ, during his prophet ministry here on earth). But, it is damnable human nature to tune out and reject the message of the prophet, by going about the nefarious actions of character assassination. When the character assassination focus is primarily driven toward the prophet messenger, the message becomes of no effect in the intended hearer who needs desperately to listen to God's proclaimed Scripture Word and its practical applications.
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