Hermeneutics - Lesson 1

Example of Hermeneutics

From this lesson, you gain insight into the role of John the Baptist as the forerunner to the Messiah and his subsequent imprisonment due to his condemnation of Herod's adulterous relationship. The text from Matthew 11 is analyzed in detail, highlighting how Jesus' response to John's question about his identity as the Messiah is rooted in Old Testament messianic prophecies. Jesus' omission of references to judgment in these prophecies contributes to John's confusion about the timing of the Messiah's full mission. While John is acknowledged as great, believers in the New Covenant are considered greater, as they have a more profound understanding of Jesus and his mission. The lesson encourages patience in times of suffering and the responsibility of believers to point out Jesus as the Messiah.

Todd Miles
Lesson 1
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Example of Hermeneutics

I. Interpreting Matthew 11:1-3

A. Who is John

B. Why is he in prison

C. John questions Jesus

II. Matthew 11:4-6

A. Jesus answers John

B. Significance of Jesus’ answer

III. Matthew 11:7-11

A. Jesus affirms John’s ministry

B. Least in the kingdom of heaven

IV. Lessons

A. Be patient in waiting for justice

B. Sacred trust

  • This lesson explores John the Baptist's role as the Messiah's forerunner, his imprisonment for condemning Herod's affair, and Jesus' response in Matthew 11, rooted in Old Testament prophecies. Jesus' omission of judgment references confuses John about the Messiah's timing. Believers in the New Covenant, with deeper insight into Jesus, are seen as greater. The lesson promotes patience during suffering and the duty to identify Jesus as the Messiah.
  • This lesson on hermeneutics teaches you to approach the Bible with humility, seek divine guidance, analyze context, consider character roles, examine structure, use cross-references, apply sanctified imagination, and emphasize Jesus in interpretation, all while relying on the Holy Spirit.
  • This lesson introduces general and special revelation, emphasizing their roles in inviting people to know God and providing specific truths for salvation. It explores the process of inspiration, defining it as a concurrent work of a holy God and a human author, ensuring every word of Scripture is both human and divine, crucial for biblical interpretation.
  • This lesson reveals the Bible's divine authority, unity, and human relevance, stressing accurate interpretation for life transformation.
  • Learn about hermeneutics, understanding author intent, and different views on interpretation. Dr. Todd Miles discusses realism vs. non-realism, authorial authority, and introduces speech act theory to show how the Bible engages with readers, transforming beliefs and behavior.
  • This lesson delves into theological text interpretation, emphasizing that meaning is human-made, not inherent. Authors, not readers, shape text meaning. Accurate Bible interpretation hinges on understanding God's authorship, emphasizing His lordship, knowledge, and obedience. Presuppositions about God and human nature are vital for accurate Bible interpretation.
  • From this lesson, you will gain insights into the challenges of translating the Bible, understanding the continuum of translation philosophies, and the importance of selecting a translation that balances accuracy and readability in contemporary language. Dr. Todd Miles underscores the significance of using the best available manuscripts, avoiding theological bias, and staying updated with the latest knowledge of language and culture to ensure a quality translation.
  • From this lesson, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight into hermeneutics and biblical interpretation. You will understand that hermeneutics is not about uncovering hidden secrets but about utilizing your natural ability to interpret communication. Reading and becoming familiar with the Bible is crucial for effective interpretation, and it is essential to address biblical illiteracy.
  • Learn the significance of interpreting Bible passages in the context of redemptive history. Discover the Bible's continuous narrative, emphasizing revelation's progression and God's plan through the David and Goliath story. See how context ensures accurate interpretation, connecting the Bible's parts into a cohesive story of God's redemption.
  • Understanding the Bible through biblical theology is crucial, as it reveals the overarching narrative of God's redemptive plan, centered on His glory and the role of Jesus Christ, enabling a more profound comprehension of individual Bible passages and their relevance to our lives.
  • Dr. Todd Miles underscores the vital role of historical and cultural context in interpreting the Bible. Understanding the era when a passage was penned is crucial for grasping its genuine significance. Using examples like the virgins' parable and Revelation 3:14-22, it demonstrates how historical context aids in discerning interpretations and adds depth to the message. The text emphasizes that, while the Bible offers some historical context, external sources can also enhance comprehension. In conclusion, historical and cultural context is essential for accurate biblical interpretation.
  • In this lesson on Hermeneutics by Dr. Todd Miles, the focus is on understanding the cultural context when interpreting biblical texts. Dr. Miles emphasizes that culture plays a significant role in both the biblical author's writing and the reader's interpretation. He discusses the concept of cultural conditioning, highlighting that everyone, including the biblical authors, the original audience, and modern readers, is influenced by their respective cultures.
  • In this lesson, Dr. Miles highlights the significance of studying words in their original language and using etymology to decipher their original meanings.
  • Learn how recognizing and applying literary genres in the Bible is crucial for accurate interpretation, avoiding misinterpretations, and approaching Scripture with a nuanced understanding.
  • In this lesson, you will gain an understanding of interpreting biblical narratives. It begins by discussing the distinction between historical narratives and parables, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the markers of historical narrative.
  • In this lesson, Dr. Miles review biblical narrative interpretation. He emphasizes the importance of context, adding that each narrative should be examined within the broader biblical and book context. He illustrates this with Mark Chapter 5, where Jesus interacts with demons, breaking from the norm to underscore his authority.
  • From this lesson on Hermeneutics and Law, you will gain insight into the intricate relationship between the Old Testament law and New Covenant believers. Dr. Todd Miles emphasizes the challenge of applying ancient laws to contemporary life and introduces the key factors for understanding them: comprehending the nature of covenants and situating oneself in the timeline of redemptive history. This process is likened to using a mall map to find a destination.
  • Dr. Todd Miles discusses prophecy's significance beyond predicting the future. It validates God's deity, reveals future realities, and guides our present actions. Most prophecy is about forth-telling and emphasizes covenant understanding.
  • In this Hermeneutics lesson, you'll gain insights into the challenges of interpreting prophecy, including wrong expectations, historical context, conditional fulfillment, and various forms of prophetic proclamations, while also being reminded not to let contemporary agendas override the biblical text.
  • In taking this lesson, you gain insight into the concept of typology in biblical interpretation. Typology involves finding resemblances between Old Testament figures, events, and institutions and their fulfillment in the New Testament, particularly in relation to Jesus Christ.
  • Learn about poetry in the Bible by exploring Hebrew poetic parallelism and its emotional power in Psalms. Discover how poetry enhances biblical narratives and offers unique insights.
  • In this lesson, Dr. Todd Miles discusses various types of psalms found in the Psalter and delves into their unique characteristics and theological significance. He begins by providing a list of different kinds of psalms, emphasizing that this list is not exhaustive but illustrative, highlighting the diversity of poetry within the Psalms.
  • By studying this lesson, you gain insight into essential figures of speech in the Bible and learn to interpret them effectively, enhancing your hermeneutical skills and deepening your understanding of the Scriptures.
  • In this lesson, Dr. Todd Miles discusses the interpretation of parables. Parables are a specific literary genre with their own rules of interpretation. Parables are designed to teach a single point, although there might be exceptions. Historical context remains essential in understanding parables, as they are shaped by the situations of the day. 
  • This lesson explores Proverbs and wisdom literature, focusing on its distinct genre, interpretation rules. Dr. Miles highlights its purpose, living wisely with God. It emphasizes the fear of the Lord, touches Ecclesiastes' question of meaning, and Job's theodicy.
  • In this lesson on interpreting epistles, Dr. Todd Miles underscores the importance of understanding their structure, argumentative methods, and central theological focus on Jesus Christ and the gospel, even when addressing practical issues within the early Christian communities.
  • Dr. Todd Miles delves into apocalyptic literature, emphasizing its distinct features like revelatory communication and angelic guidance. It unveils profound truths through visions, promoting understanding and righteous conduct.
  • In this lesson, Dr. Todd Miles explores the concept of perspicuity, which refers to the clarity of the Bible. He begins by explaining that perspicuity is a theological term used to describe how clear the Bible's teachings are. It means that the Bible is written in a way that its teachings can be understood by anyone who reads it, seeks God's help, and is willing to follow it.
  • This lesson provides practical guidelines for applying biblical principles. Dr. Miles emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit, examining the original context, and identifying parallel situations in the present. He encourages applications to be personal, specific, measurable, and time-bound, ensuring they lead to tangible actions in your life.
  • In this lesson, you'll grasp the Holy Spirit's vital role in biblical interpretation, going beyond changing hearts to enabling comprehension and acceptance of the text. Dr. Todd Miles stresses the Spirit's role in illuminating the Bible, making it relevant to believers, challenging the idea that unbelievers interpret it as effectively, and emphasizing the importance of understanding the text's intent. The ultimate aim is not mastery but being mastered by the text, with the Holy Spirit as a key player.
Hermeneutics is the science and art of the interpretation of the Bible. It's a science because it is an orderly process based on rules you can apply. It is an art because of the nuances in communication and translation.



Dr. Todd Miles


Example of Hermeneutics

Lesson Transcript


To begin this course, I'm going to ask you to do something that I would ordinarily not ask anyone to do. That is, I'm going to deliver to you a bit of a homily or a devotion or a mini sermon, if you will. And yeah, there's I think there's very solid biblical content in it. And hopefully it will be helpful, encouraging, inspiring, challenging. But what I want you to do primarily is to evaluate what I'm doing with the Bible. I want you to think as I work through this, how is Todd interpreting the Bible? What techniques is he using? What what? What skills is he practicing? Because as you do that, I think it's really going to set the agenda for everything that we do in this this hermeneutics class. So if you have a Bible, turn to Matthew, Chapter 11. Matthew, Chapter 11. And before. Before we begin, I'm going to pray. Father, would you open your world up to us and open us up to your word that we might behold the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ? Please bless us. To that end, in Jesus name, Amen. In Matthew, Chapter 11. Matthew writes by inspiration of the Holy Spirit versus one through three, he writes, When Jesus had finished giving instructions to his 12 disciples, he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns. Now, when John heard in prison what the Christ was doing, he sent a message through his disciples and asked him, Are you the one who is to come? Or should we expect someone else? All right. It seems to me that in order to understand what's going on here, we need to ask and answer two questions. The first one is who is John and why is John in prison? And if we ask and answer those questions, I think we'll be off and running in understanding this passage of Matthew as well. John here refers to John the Baptist, and John the Baptist is the forerunner to Messiah. He is the one who was to prepare the way for the Lord. And we know this because Matthew has already introduced us to John already. Remember, we're starting this in Matthew 11. But Matthew doesn't assume that we're just going to pick up and read. Starting in Matthew 11. He assumes that we started well at the beginning. And so with that background in mind, when we get to chapter three, that's when we first encounter John. And if we look at versus one through 12 of Matthew chapter three, we we are introduced to John. In those days, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, Repent, because the Kingdom of heaven has come near, for he is the one spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah, who said a voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord. Make his paths straight. Now, John had a camel hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea and all the vicinity of the Jordan were going out to him and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. When he saw that many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath, therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don't presume to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father, for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out. So that is Matthew's introduction to John. And so John is this forerunner to Messiah. He's the one prophesied by by Isaiah. He's the one prophesied even in Malachi. The last words, the Old Testament, the latest prophecy. Tell us what this special person is to do in Malachi chapter three, verse one, we read, See, I am going to send my messenger and he will clear the way before me. Skip down to chapter four, verse five. Look, I'm going to send you the Prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes, and He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children in the hearts of children, to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse. So. So John appears to be this Elijah character who is foretold by the by the ancient prophets as one who would come at just the right time to prepare the way for the coming of Messiah, prepare the way for the Lord. Again, if we were to go back to Matthew, chapter three, verse four, where John is is described, John had a camel hair garment with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew includes that because he's he's comparing John to Elijah himself. Don't think he's just giving us trivia about the weird clothing and the weird diet of John. You know, he tells us that because that's what Elijah looked like. That's how he dressed. You can read about that in Second Kings chapter one verse a John the Baptist is at least playing the part of one of the greatest Israelite heroes and prophet Elijah. What was Jon supposed to be doing? Well, very simply, he's to point out Jesus. John had been given the unique responsibility and honor of preparing the people for the imminent coming of Messiah and then pointing them out when he came. And we know that John did this even at a very young age. If we move to another gospel account in Luke chapter one versus 39 through 45. We read about Mary, the mother of Jesus, going to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was John's mother while both of them were pregnant and while in the womb. John points out, Jesus. Elizabeth cries out that my baby, you know, kicked within me when when he saw you, the mother of my lord. And so. So John isn't even born yet, and he's already doing his job. Mom, this is the one. This is the one we've been waiting for. And then in John chapter one, verse 29, another gospel account. Upon seeing Jesus, John does what he has been destined to do. He proclaims to the masses, Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This is him. This is the one we've been waiting for. So then if we were to go on in Matthew chapter three, in verse 13, we see that all of John's preaching was preparatory for that one moment when he could point out Jesus and proclaim, There he is. And that's what happens in chapter three, verse 13 of Matthew. Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. But John tried to stop him saying, I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me. Jesus answered him. Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then John allowed him to be baptized. When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him and a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased. So John is there at this inaugural point of Jesus's ministry, at a spectacular moment in history when all three members of the Trinity are manifest at once? It's like the triple point of the Trinity. Jesus is baptized, the Spirit descends upon him fulfilling all sorts of messianic prophecies. And the father declares to all who are there the Sonship of Jesus, and the fatherly affection that God the Father has for his Son. So who was John the forerunner to Messiah? He was the one who was uniquely gifted, destined to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of Messiah. And then, more importantly, when Messiah arrives on the scene, he points him out. There he is. This is the one we've been waiting for. So now we get to our second question. Why on earth is John in prison if he's the forerunner to Messiah, if he is the Elijah who is to come, if he's the one uniquely gifted and destined to do this incredible task? Why is he in prison? And this is important because knowing why John is in prison gives us insight into why he asked the question, Are you the one that we're actually waiting for in order to answer that question raised in Matthew 11, where we find out that John is in prison. We need to actually skip ahead in the gospel of Matthew to answer the question, why is John in prison in chapter 14 versus one through five? We read this. At that time, Herod the Tetrarch heard the report about Jesus. This is John the Baptist. He told his servants he has been raised from the dead and that's why miraculous Powers are at work in him, for Herod had arrested John, chained him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother, Philip's wife. Since John had been telling him It's not lawful for you to have her. Though Herod wanted to kill John, he feared the crowd since they regarded John as a prophet. Now we know from history that that Herod the Great, the Butcher of Bethlehem, the great architect of so many fantastic buildings and and structures throughout the Holy Land, Herod the Great that Herod the Great had three sons, Philip Antipas and Archelaus. And John apparently is being held in prison in a place called Mackerras. Mackerras was was part of was in the Transjordan area on the east side of the Jordan River. This was a site that had originally been fortified as a desert retreat by Herod the Great. And it was a convenient place for for the son of Herod. Harrod Also in our in our passage too, to put political enemies to kind of get them out of the hot spot of, of, of Jerusalem. And, and John, we find out here is in trouble because he had been calling out Herod basically John was standing up for righteousness and why shouldn't he? Apparently Herod had taken his brother's wife and was committing adultery with her. It was not an affair. It was not a fleeing. It was not a misunderstanding. It was, according to John, in the eyes of God, an adulterous, vile relationship. And so he called him out. He called him out publicly for this. And we might ask why? Why wouldn't John do this? He's the forerunner to Messiah, after all. And and John, of all people would have known his Old Testament prophecies. He knew what Messiah was supposed to do when he comes. He could have turned, say, like to Isaiah Chapter 61, Isaiah Chapter 61. This is actually Jesus's favorite messianic prophecy. It's it's the prophecy that he turned to when he kickstarted his entire messianic ministry in Nazareth. He turns to this passage, Isaiah 61. The Spirit of the Lord God is on me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty for the captives, the freedom to the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of our Gods and vengeance, to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes festive oil, instead of mourning splendid clothes instead of despair, they will be called righteous trees planted by the Lord to glorify Him. And the passage goes on. Righteousness will reign when Messiah comes. We could have turn to Isaiah 35 versus one through ten. We could pick any messianic prophecy, basically in in in the major prophets and minor prophets, and find out that when Messiah comes, righteousness will finally reign, the evil will be punished, the righteous will be vindicated, and things will be wonderful when the kingdom arrives. And so John is standing up for righteousness. He's saying what you're doing here. It is wrong and it is vile. And he has to be wondering, why am I in prison then, if the Messiah has come? Where is the rule of the Messiah? Where is the reign of righteousness? Where is the day of the Lord? Where's the justice that's supposed to accompany Messiah? So those are our two questions. Who was John? What was he doing in prison? And now we can go back to our passage in Matthew 11 and continue on. So, Matthew, chapter 11, let's pick up in verses four through six. Remember verse three. Are you the one who is to come? Or should we expect someone else? That's one of the loneliest verses in the entire Bible where John Forerunner to Messiah has to ask this question. Look at Jesus. His answer. Jesus replied to them. Go and report to John what you hear and see. The blind received their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy or cleanse the deaf hear the dead are raised and the poor are told the good news and blessed is the one who isn't offended by me. How does Jesus answer? John Basically by quoting from those same mass messianic passages that we just cited and we read Isaiah Chapter 11, Jesus answers, John, basically by quoting from Isaiah 35 and Isaiah 61. But it's interesting that Jesus leaves out the words of judgment. We saw those in Isaiah 61. We could have seen them in Isaiah 35. Judgment supposed to come when Messiah arrives. We even see Jesus doing that in Luke chapter four, verses 16 through 21, when he stands up in the synagogue in Nazareth, and he goes to this very passage, Isaiah Chapter 61. But instead of reading all the verses one and two, or even all ten of them for that matter, he stops right before he gets to the words of judgment. In the second half of Isaiah chapter 61, verse two, Where is the day of the vengeance of our Lord Jesus? Doesn't mention that He stops reading, not just in the middle of a verse. He stops reading in the middle of a sentence. He just leaves that out. He leaves out the day of our gods vengeance to comfort all who mourn. But why would he do that now? Now, John. John, of all people I suspect, would have known his messianic prophecy. So there's no reason to think that Jesus should have stopped speaking right there. Hence John's wonder the prophecies in Isaiah and the rest of the Old Testament. They give no reason to think that all the different things Messiah is supposed to do that they won't all occur simultaneously or immediately consecutively. But Jesus responds basically to John's disciples that everything is okay, He tells John. You can see that what I'm doing is the fulfillment of these biblical prophecies. And he effectively tells John, John, you hang in there. The day of judgment is coming, but it's not here yet. It's not time. I am the Messiah. But not everything's going to be done as quickly as you might expect. Now for us. We live on this side of the cross, but John didn't. He lived on the other side of the cross. He he didn't really have a full formed view of all that the Messiah would do, particularly all that the Messiah would suffer. Then John responds, affirming the Ministry of Jesus in verses seven through 11. He says, as these men, that is John's disciples, were leaving. Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swing in the wind. What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes. See those who wear soft closer in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you. And more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it was written. See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you. He will prepare your way before you. Truly, I tell you, among those born of women, no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared in Jesus Affair, affirms John is the one that that that the prophets foretold. He is the forerunner to Messiah. And then he says that of those born of women, no one is greater than John the Baptist. Think about who that would include. John is as great or greater than than David, Abraham, Moses. All of the great heroes of the Old Testament. And we might ask why? Why would John be as great or greater than all of them? Probably because of the role that had been given to John, was given the unique responsibility and privilege of pointing out God's Messiah when he arrived on the scene. This is him. This is the one we've been waiting for. And we think that now, why would Jesus call him Great for that? Well, consider like Jeremiah chapter nine versus 23 through 24. Where where? God asks, Why should anyone boast What is worth boasting in what is worth glorying in? Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom. The strong man is strength. The rich man is wealth. But let him who boast boast in this that he knows and understands me. At this point in redemptive history, no one knew the redemptive purposes, the plan of God better than John. No one did. And so Jesus says of those born of women, no one is greater than John the Baptist. Of all those born to that time, John could do a better job than anyone else of pointing Jesus, God's appointed Messiah to the world. John is the forerunner. He is that Elijah? But then Jesus says something else. It's very strange. In Matthew 11, verse 11, he says, No, when among those born of women, no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared. But the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. Who would that be? Who's the least in the kingdom? Christian. That's you. That is you. Now. And John and Jesus says. That the least is greater than John. How could that be? Well, I would I would suggest a couple of things. One. The first would be that the New Covenant promise of the Holy Spirit that would that that would come when Jesus sent the Spirit after his death and resurrection. That's clearly an advantage that that New covenant believers have. Doing as well. So to go back, what what made John great, great, great and privilege are not necessarily the I think it would be this the least this side of the cross can point out Jesus more fully and better than even John the Baptist. We can say more truthfully about Jesus and point him out better than Isaiah, better than Moses, better than John the Baptist. By simple virtue of We come after Jesus, even a brand new Christian has a better understanding of the ministry and mission the person of Jesus than John did. And that's what makes us great in the eyes of the kingdom. We can point out Jesus better than John the Baptist could. So where does that leave us? What do we do with this? I think we can take at least two lessons from this text. Maintaining the context. First. Jesus effectively told John, John, you wait. You hang in there. Be patient. Wait on. God. I mean, John. John had to be frustrated at the time. He didn't know what was going to happen to him. If he had known that, it would have been even more frustrating. Right. So a girl is going to have a dance. A very vindictive mother is going to ask for his head on a platter and an impotent, drunken king is going to grant that wish. And the forerunner to Messiah, the Elijah was to come is is going to be executed ignominiously. Be patient, though. Jesus told John. Wait on God. And just like John. We're to be patient, be patient, in our suffering, we're to be patient in waiting for justice. We know what John didn't that Jesus is the Messiah and he will return and make everything right. But in the meantime, not everything is right. We could go to to passages like like second Corinthians four where where Paul encourages the church in Corinth. Two to hang in there too, to be steadfast as they wait. Listen to John's words in second Corinthians chapter four versus 16 through 18. He writes. Therefore, we do not give up, even though our outer person is being destroyed. Our inner person is being renewed day by day for our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable, eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen for what is seen as temporary. But what is unseen is eternal. We know Jesus will return. We have that hope. And so we wait and we be patient. And then second, just like John, we've been granted a sacred trust, a treasure, the grace of place and redemptive history. We live on this side of the cross. We have been born again. We know Jesus. And so to us has been granted this great privilege, this great responsibility of doing the very same thing that John was asked to do, point out Jesus. But we can do it even better. That's him. This is the one we've been waiting for. This is the one by whom? For whom? Through whom you have been created. This is the answer to every legitimate desire that you have as a person. This is him. You can point out. Jesus. You can do it better than even John the Baptist could have. For that has to be our task. Okay, so now what I want you to do as I want you to think about. Hopefully you've been taken some notes. I want you to think about what I did with the text. And then when we come back, we'll talk about that a little bit.