Luke 3:15-18, John the Baptist: “I Am Not the Christ”

As John the Baptist preached the gospel of the Kingdom and immanent unveiling of Israel’s King, the crowds who heard him wondered if John might be the promised Messiah. John emphatically declared, “I am not the Christ” (John 1:20). In Luke’s account, John stresses the vast difference between himself and the Christ. He described Jesus as the mighty, glorious, empowering Judge who saves and condemns.