Whose sandal I am not worthy to untie

(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. John 1:24-28

John had the Jewish establishment upset. Here was this strange person out in the wilderness preaching and baptizing people. Nothing really changes, the powers that be then are the same as now, and they do not like things out of the ordinary. Something new, especially something they did not think of, upsets them and they have to get to the bottom of it. So they sent out their people to inquire of John who he was. Maybe he was the Christ or a prophet they had been waiting for, but no, John said he was not.

So they check off the boxes, not the Christ, not Elijah nor even the Prophet. Well then why are you doing this? Who authorized this? What authority? I can imagine that John was a little upsetting. Here is this man dressed in animal skins not robes. He has long unkempt hair and beard. He is saying and doing thing out of the ordinary and he eats locusts and wild honey. Definitely not someone you want your daughter to date or your son to hang with.

Whenever I read today’s verses I cannot help but think the verse in the DC Talk song “Jesus Freak.”

There was a man from the desert with naps in his head

The sand that he walked was also his bed

The words that he spoke made the people assume

There wasn’t too much left in the upper room

With skins on his back and hair on his face

They thought he was strange by the locusts he ate

The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak

Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak

John the Baptist was out of the ordinary and to observers just a bit off, maybe even crazy. But for the Jewish authorities, crazy was just getting started. In today’s speech something was about to happen that would rock their world. If they thought John was making crazy claims, these were nothing to what Jesus was about to claim. John was just the warm-up act, Jesus was the main event and the world would never be the same. The man whose sandal John was unfit to untie was getting ready to introduce God incarnate to them. And it would not be only John who was unfit. So am I and so was everyone else. God came anyway.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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