Psalm 69: 1-5, 30-36
Isaiah 41: 14-20
John 1: 29-34
Psalm 69: 1-5, 30-36 In this psalm of David, he cries out to Jehovah because of injustice. His adversaries hate him, not because so much of anything he has done, but because he appears holy and he is chosen by God. The courts won’t hear his case but rubber stamps all accusations against him. David is a type of Christ in this first passage. He then continues with songs of praise for what he expects Jehovah to do, and what he knows of the character of God. Jehovah is our Redeemer, and is going to send One who will actually redeem, that is pay the price, for the sins of the world.
Isaiah 41: 14-20 Isaiah writes before Assyria and Babylon takes Israel and Judah captive, removing them physically from their land. Isaiah prophesies these events, and reveals that it is Jehovah who causes nations to prosper and conquer for His purposes, and that Israel should not fear, for redemption will come.
John 1:29-34 Redemption is on the horizon, as promised by these prophets. This passage is the introduction of the New Covenant as prophesied specifically in Jeremiah 31.31, where Israel is being told of a Spiritual relationship to be brought to them through the Works of God alone, the letter of the law being superseded by the work of the Spirit, and fulfilled by the coming Messiah, who will redeem Israel and the world also. John was baptizing with water in relation to repentance of sins, Luke 1:17, “so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” When Jesus appeared in the crowd, John saw Him and declared, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world !” John then admits that he did not recognize Jesus physically, or as KJV states “he knew Him not,” meaning there were no distinguishing physical attributes to attract anyones attention to Him. Jesus had done nothing, no healing, no teaching, no ministry at this time to attract notice to Himself. Moreover, though John and Jesus were related by blood, they had not lived in close proximity to each other and not really met each other until this very day. It was, in fact, the Holy Spirit who revealed to John alone, that Jesus was “the Lamb of God,” and not merely a lamb of God but the “Passover Lamb of God.”
The Holy Spirit told John, vs. 33. “He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.” John then says emphatically, “I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” No one else in the crowd there, saw the dove descending and resting upon Jesus, only John to whom it was revealed.
These writings and testimonies, from the prophets, to John, to us, are of spiritual value only, they mean nothing to the world in the flesh. The unbelievers mock the idea of religion, it is just superstition and nonsense to them, for they cannot see spiritual reality. As Jesus himself told the Samaritan woman at the well, those who seek to worship Jehovah must worship in Spirit and in Truth. The prophets of old spoke by utterance of the Holy Spirit, they were understood by the few who were living by faith in the Spirit realm, and all who believe today, believe by faith, understanding the truth Spiritually. That is why Paul could say things like Galatians 2.20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
As we live in todays world, with deception and untruth all around us, it is only by faith in the Son of God that we can Spiritually understand any truth. Nations rise to power by the hand of God alone. People rise to positions of power, and prominence by the hand of God alone, who also causes their descent when His purposes are accomplished. We as believers follow Jesus, not politicians, as we are born of the Spirit, and He loves us very much, they don’t.