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Who Are You?

Tetteh-Annor Larbi | January 28, 2024 | John 1:19-22



Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” John 1:19 (NKJV)


MESSAGE: Have you ever faced the probing question, "WHO ARE YOU?" and how did you respond? Such inquiries often seek to unveil our identity and the values we uphold. In John 1:19, religious leaders sent by the Pharisees posed a similar question to John the Baptist, attempting to understand his identity and purpose. John's humble response clarified that he wasn't the Messiah, Elijah, or the Prophet.


We can all relate to this question (Who are we?) on a fundamental level. The question digs deep into our nature, our values, and the meaning of our existence. Often, we are tempted to define ourselves by external labels or roles, but we are much more than these superficial markings. John's response teaches us to look beyond superficial markers and recognize the depth of our true identity.

In the light of John 1:19, let us ponder our own response to the question, "Who are you?" May we recognize that our ultimate identity is in our relationship with Jesus Christ. As followers of Christ, we are called to reflect His love, His grace, and His truth in all aspects of our lives. Our identity is rooted in being children of God, redeemed by His grace, and empowered by His Spirit to live lives that bear witness to His transformative power. So, when asked, "Who are you?" may our lives echo the resounding truth of our identity in Christ.



Take a minute to think about the question, “WHO ARE YOU?” What answer are you inclined to give? Is it connected to anything superficial, or it is connected to your purpose in Christ Jesus? Your answer will define what you value in life. Present a good one.



Heavenly Father, thank you for making me your child. May my true identity be defined by my relationship and deep intimacy with you. For your dear name’s sake. Amen.





DAILY word study: WHO ARE YOU

The question "Who are you?" is translated from the Greek phrase "Σὺ τίς εἶ;" (Su tis ei). This inquiry extends beyond mere identification, delving into the nature and mission of John.

The recurring theme in John's Gospel is the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God. This question sets the stage for this revelation by challenging assumptions about John's identity. The Jews expected a specific figure, perhaps the Messiah, and the question probes whether John fits their anticipated mould.

John the Baptist's answer is a denial of being the Christ, Elijah, or the Prophet. Instead, he identifies himself as the voice crying in the wilderness, fulfilling Isaiah's prophecy. By redirecting attention to the prophecy of Isaiah, John positions himself as the preparer of the way for someone greater.

Similar inquiries about identity occur throughout the Bible, often preceding a significant revelation or mission. Examples include Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:13) and the disciples' question to Jesus (Matthew 16:13-16). The question "Who are you?" in John 1:19 initiates a pivotal moment in the Gospel, paving the way for the revelation of Jesus as the awaited Messiah. It challenges human expectations and emphasizes the humility required in preparing for God's divine plan.


In our lives, do we sometimes have preconceived notions about how God should work or how His messengers should appear? How can embracing humility, as seen in John's response, open us to God's unexpected ways?




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