25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”
27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
John the Baptist understood his position. He understood that his fame was going to be replaced by Jesus Christ. He understood that all that he did was to prepare the people for the Christ. So when Christ came and the people told John that Jesus was increasing in popularity, John was OK with this. They expected John to defend himself and to proclaim to the people his greatness. They did not expect what John told them.
In vs 27 we read that John told them that all he had came to him from God. John knew who he was and who he came to testify of. In vs 28 John makes it clear that he was not the Christ but came to bear witness; as an announcer announces the famous speaker and we forget the announcer, so John came to announce Jesus and John was OK with his job. When we do a job for Christ and no one remembers us are we OK with that? Do we want some of the credit when people’s lives are changed because we think we did something to help God make the change? Are we OK with being a nameless announcer preparing the way for the Savior in people’s hearts?
John then gives an example of the best man at a wedding. Do people come to see the best man? During the wedding is the best man jealous that his friend, the groom, is getting the bride and lights? Of course not and if the best man felt this way we would all say that he was out of place. John knew his place was beside Jesus exalting and rejoicing in Him. In that position John’s joy and ours too, was fulfilled. When Christ is exalted we all rejoice. He must increase but we must decrease. Rejoice in the work of Christ and be thankful when we are able to stand next to Him exalting Him. We will not steal His lime-light and we must be OK with being second.
Tonight at 7:00 will be our prayer time followed by our Bible study time. Kids4Truth begins at 7:00 and is a great time for our children to get grounded in the Word of God. Youth group starts at 7:00 and is vital for our teens as they gather to have fun, prayer, and Bible instruction. See you then.
Friday night will be a time of reflection on the Cross of Christ. The death of Christ has been called the “Darkest night in history” and we will, from Isaiah 53, examine the work of God that took place on the Cross. We will also be exalting Christ in song.
Saturday’s prayer event, from 12:30-4:30 will be a time focusing on the responsibility of the church to be the light of Christ. Join us for the whole time or for any part of the time that you can come.
Have a great day in the Lord