John 1-2~ Day 35~ I love everything about John's intro!

Yesterday I listed some Old Testament verses that prophesied about the coming Messiah.  One of them was from the last prophet Malachi, who wrote these words nearly 450 years before Jesus,
"Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse." (4:6)

So, having just read that, it stood out to me that John starts his gospel account talking about John the Baptist.  He starts exactly where Malachi left off...talking about the Elijah that was to come before the Messiah.  Now, even though John said he was not Elijah (1:21), he was!

I can see why he, himself, might have missed that fact.  After all, he was the boy raised by Zach and Liz, and he grew up in the dessert (Luke 1:11-17).  He was told by God to tell people to repent.  God didn't say, "Hey John, you will be talking to the people in the spirit of Elijah."  Nope, he just heard from God to go tell people to repent and baptize.  John knew he wasn't Elijah reincarnated.  So, he didn't put two and two together.  I get that.  Also, it would be pretty boastful to compare yourself with the well known prophet, held in such high esteem by all the religious leaders.  (Remember, Elijah was one of the rare prophets they didn't kill.  He had a show stopping exit form this world that you can read about in 2 Kings 2.)

Yet, Jesus did put two and two together for him, the disciples and us (Matthew 11:14, 17:10 and Luke 7:26-27).

Anyway, back to our reading. I think it's a cool place to start the gospel, telling of John the Baptist, because that is where Malachi left off.  It's the last words the Jewish people were left hanging on. What a great reminder for John's initial readers --"This is what you were waiting for, "the terrible day of the Lord" (Mal. 4:5)!!!
On a side note, why would that day be terrible?  I think Jesus told us why in Matthew 21:42-43 when he said, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone....Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit."

Christ's coming is a terrible day indeed for those who decide to reject him!


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