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Gospel for the Christmas Weekday on January 3

John 1:29-34

Summary: As Jesus approached, John the Baptist proclaimed Him the Lamb of God, destined to remove the world's sins. John explained his initial unawareness of Jesus' identity, revealing that his own baptism ministry aimed to unveil Jesus to Israel. He recounted witnessing the Spirit descend upon Jesus, confirming his realization that Jesus is the Son of God, as foretold to him.

John Identifies the Messiah

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”

John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

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