Saturday, January 02, 2021
Reading (1 John 2:22-28)
Who is a liar at all, if not the person who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? Such a person is an anti-Messiah — he is denying the Father and the Son.  Everyone who denies the Son is also without the Father, but the person who acknowledges the Son has the Father as well.
 Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in union with both the Son and the Father.  And this is what he has promised us: eternal life.
 I have written you these things about the people who are trying to deceive you.  As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you.
On the contrary, as his Messianic anointing continues to teach you about all things, and is true, not a counterfeit, so, just as he taught you, remain united with him.
 And now, children, remain united with him; so that when he appears, we may have confidence and not shrink back from him in shame at his coming.
Gospel (John 1: 19-28)
 Here is Yochanan’s testimony: when the Judeans sent cohanim and L’vi’im from Yerushalayim to ask him, “Who are you?”  he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.”
“Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied.
 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu the prophet, “I am The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’”  Some of those who had been sent were P’rushim.
 They asked him, “If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor ‘the prophet,’ then why are you immersing people?”  To them Yochanan replied, “I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing someone whom you don’t know.
 He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!”  All this took place in Beit-Anyah, east of the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.