WORDS OF CURRENT INTEREST

[The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly designated to be read in Christian Science churches on January 10, 1965.]

I knew him not (John 1:33)Commentators observe that this does not necessarily mean that John had never met Jesus prior to the time of his baptism; in fact, as kinsfolk, they may well have met before. Commenting on this verse, Plummer points out that "the Baptist again protests that but for a special revelation, he was as ignorant as others that Jesus was the Messiah.." Moffatt suggests. "I myself did not reconize him."

John stood, and two of his disciples (John 1:35)We learn from verse 40 that one of these disciples of John the Baptist was Andrew. His companion is not mentioned by name, but many scholars conclude that it may well have been John, the son of Zebedee, the author of the Gospel so named, who pro ides such a vivid account of the meeting of the two men with Jesus (see verses 35-39).

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