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John 1:6-8, 19-28

2008-12-10 — The worst part? The locust legs get stuck in your teeth.

BIBLE PASSAGE — There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 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.”

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet? John answered them, I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal. This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

— Third Sunday in Advent, Series B


  1. T — 5469 days ago #

    This is in response to the thought accompanying the comic: “The worst part? The locust legs get stuck in your teeth.”

    I’d like to offer an alternate understanding of “locusts.” While at the St. Louis (MO) Botanical Gardens in 2007, I saw a locust tree, which is native to the Mediterranean region. I took a picture of the sign accompanying the tree, which says, “Containing as much as 50 percent sugar in the pulp, pods from this small tree supply ‘carob,’ a well-known substitute for chocolate. They are the ‘locust beans,’ which have long served in the Mediterranean Region as food for humans and livestock.” The sign even references Matthew 3:4.

    … I like to think that John the Baptist ate chocolate and honey, not bugs and honey. Now that’s my kind of diet!

  2. Jim — 5464 days ago #

    Thanks for the expanded menu.

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