Posts Tagged ‘John the baptist’


John 10:40-42
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.

At times, I wonder if this ministry God has called me to is blessing anyone as I seldom hear back from readers and I sometimes let self-doubt creep in about whether the Lord really called me to this mission. Today morning was one of those days and I found it so encouraging to read the passage above. John the Baptist came into this world just prior to Jesus to make clear the path for the Son of God to minister to the lost. John’s life was cut short by a violent end when he was beheaded for speaking out against the ruler’s marriage to his own brother’s wife.

During John’s ministry, several of his disciples left him to follow Jesus and I wonder if John had feeling of self doubt about whether he was serving God faithfully but because of him, many thousands followed Christ and in the centuries to follow, people continue to be inspired by his life and are directed to Christ through his service to the Lord. Sometimes we try to measure our service to God through the world’s standards and that’s when we go off the path. We need to serve God and let God chose how he wants to use our willing service for his glory. In this passage, Jesus spoke to those John had ministered to and the fruit of that ministry came when the Lord spoke to them. I hope you are encouraged like I am that we are to serve the King of Kings without measuring the success or counting the loss for it is to God’s glory and that is what matters.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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John 3:25-30
An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.

John the baptist certainly was no ordinary man and it is interesting how he deals with loss of respect and position. John (A disciple of Jesus and the writer of this gospel) captures the essence of the situation well in this passage above. The arguing parties were John the baptist’s own disciples with a Jew and how good it must’ve felt for him to note that his disciples were supporting him. However, without a moment’s notice, John the baptist corrects his disciples and the Jew that he is only a close associate of the groom, Jesus Christ, who is the long awaited messiah and his joy is to prepare the way for the groom to meet his bride, Israel. The last statement he makes, however, is the toughest one for any follower of Christ to make until they understand the inverted perspective of God’s kingdom. Less of us and more of HIM.

In life we are constantly battling situations to improve and enhance ourselves, our means, our position, our wealth, our comforts, etc. However, when we submit our lives to Christ, we recognize our brokenness and are testifying to God’s abundant grace (Unmerited favor) for our sinfulness and we are made a new creation in him. This new creation is purposed to serve God and not self. We are called to give God the glory and not ourselves. When we serve God in our lives, he will provide for our every need and will be the one who gives and takes away. God is no genie in a bottle who works for our glory but it’s the reverse. I pray today that we would live by the same motto, More of Jesus and less of me!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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