Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
It was the
Pharisees who came to John the Baptist to ask him questions about his
baptizing people. The Pharisees claimed all religious authority, and
they knew baptism was a religious ceremony. How could John be baptizing
people when the Pharisees had total authority? Actually it was God who
gave John his authority to baptize; that was John's ministry given to
him by God Himself.
The Pharisees mention "that Christ" in verse
25, but they were not talking about Jesus. They were talking about a
Messiah that they expected who was yet to come just as even today many
Jews look for another Messiah besides Jesus, for John says that this
Jesus, who stands among them (verse 26) they do not know, a man whose
shoes he is not worthy to unloose.
This man the Pharisees did not
know. They knew Jesus, but they did not know him as the true Messiah,
the only begotten Son of God, the Lord of Heaven and earth, the One who
can fulfill all righteousness. Most Pharisees rejected Jesus as Messiah,
but a few of them, as Nicodemus, rejoiced in Him and believed in Him.
next day after these events would be a day of introduction to this
Messiah, Jesus, as the Lamb of God, which He is. He came to seek and to
save the lost, and that He does well.