Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55); 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
John the Baptist baptized Jesus of Nazareth. The synoptic Gospels all say so, and the kerygma in Acts connects the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with that baptism. But although Mark seems to find it quite right that Jesus should have been among those who heeded John’s preaching, all the other evangelists seem discomfited by the suggestion that Jesus was somehow a disciple of this other preacher.
Who am I? Who are you? Not the Messiah.