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Gospel for the Christmas Weekday on January 2

John 1:19-28

Summary: John the Baptist, questioned by Jewish leaders about his identity, denied being the Messiah, Elijah, or the Prophet. Declaring himself a voice in the wilderness as foretold by Isaiah, he emphasized his role in preparing for the Lord's coming. Challenged by Pharisees on his authority to baptize, John pointed to one greater than himself among them, unworthy even to untie His sandals. This occurred in Bethany, where John was baptizing.

John the Baptist's Testimony

This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Some Pharisees were also sent.

They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”

This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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