Just as yesterday I showed an undesigned coincidence, I desire to do the same today. These coincidences are easily overlooked sometimes leaving the reader wondering why something was written how it was. Like the one for today.
This one is found in John 1:15. This text is found in the discourse of John speaking of Christ being the Word and being God and being the reason for all that is. What is said here is from John the Baptist speaking to the people where he was baptizing. The theological discourse was not heard by those people. John the apostle wrote it and included this point here. It says, “This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me because he was before me.”
There is no elaboration on why John wrote this little bit of information. It seems strange to be found in such a theological section. He just deviates into this quote and gives no reason for doing so. John the apostle does not elaborate on why John the Baptist said Jesus was before him. He just recounted what he said. With no explanation, John seems to allude to Jesus’ preexistence. This quote is again stated in verse 30. So, it being here seems to lend credence to the preexistence. Just looking at it here in John seems to be asserting that Jesus was born before John but just came on the scene later.
When one looks to Luke 1:26ff one sees that John was conceived six months before Jesus’ conception. What we see in this is that Jesus came after John the Baptist in birth and ministry. So, in no physical earthly way was Jesus before John the Baptist. Yet, he says that Jesus was before me.
The coincidence is found more in Luke than in John. There is no theological reason for Luke showing that John is six months older than Jesus, yet he does. So, the theological reason for John the apostle writing this in his gospel, saying that Jesus was before John the Baptist, was because he knew Jesus was born after him and these words would not have referred to his age. Also, John recording these words as they are shows the accuracy of his recording. It does because John could not have been certain his readers would all know the age difference. It is a faithful recording of what was said. It would be highly unlikely that the author would go to the trouble to invent such obscure words that someone never said. It does show that the author was writing what he heard and remembered, noting the significance to himself, and mentioning it as an aside before getting back to his theological argument not thinking whether he had given all the significant background for all to know what was meant.
There are so many more of these found throughout Scripture that proves the validity of Scripture, It is also another proof that the gospels are four independently attested narratives that give us enough evidence that Jesus was real and that He was and is the eternal Son of God.
This ends my discourse on Undesigned Coincidences and the Bible for now. I will return at a later date and take this discourse back up.