Not Fake News

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There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:6–8, 19–28

How do you get your news? If the data and the trends are true, then more and more of you are relying on social media to deliver you the information about what is happening in the world. In the midst of that change has come the ever-growing concern over “fake news.” A quick Google Search of the term “fake news” limited to only results in the last week returns over 10,000,000 results.

There was a time when, collectively, we had more faith and trust in the reporting that we received. Whether this was deserved or not is truly up for debate, but the fact is we trust the media less today than we did 20 years ago.

In our Gospel reading for this next Sunday, we see John the Baptist preparing the way for Christ (Malachi 3:1). He was spreading the news that was revealed to him at Jesus’ Baptism. No, he was not Jesus, or Elijah, or the Prophet. But he was proclaiming Christ, as He had been revealed to John.

You see, the priests and Levites sent by the Pharisees were there to disprove the “fake news” they had heard John was preaching. However, we know this was not what they found. John the Baptist was foretold by Isaiah and Malachi (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1). Christ was revealed to John.  

But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31).

What a comfort these words are to our ears. Scripture reveals Christ to you, and in it, you find the Good News that is never fake. Christ crucified for you.

God’s blessings as you teach the faith once for all, delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Joe Willmann is the Senior Instructional Designer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, MO. A former teacher and administrator, Joe has a passion for education and learning theory. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University and his Master's Degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor. He lives with his wife, Nicole, his daughter Ava, and his son Carter. You can read his latest posts here.

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