March 6, 2014

He must become GREATER

You know why John the Baptist was a key player in advancing the Kingdom? He knew his purpose!
It wasn't for fame. It was to make JESUS famous.


John had followers......He pointed them to Jesus. Jesus had followers. He wasn't gathering them like a trophy. It was simply because people were attracted to the Truth and LIFE that He came to bring. John's followers were feeling the competition as if they were players in a game or race to fame.
In John 3 it says:
They came to John and said, “Rabbi, you know the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan? The one you authorized with your witness? Well, he’s now competing with us. He’s baptizing, too, and everyone’s going to him instead of us.”
This is where we see John's purpose and why He was able to accomplish much for the kingdom of Heaven.
John answered, “It’s not possible for a person to succeed—(I’m talking about eternal success)—without heaven’s help. You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom’s friend, his ‘best man’—that’s me—in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start?"
****AND HERE IT IS SPELLED OUT****
humility
purpose
servanthood

........ “That’s why my cup is running over!!!! This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center.....while I slip off to the sidelines."
John 3:30 He must increase....but I must decrease.
John the Baptist cooperated with Heaven to do what He came to do.
But *HE* got out of the way to do it so that the One who came could step in and all of HEAVEN could get the GLORY and in his humility and purpose and servanthood---THE KINGDOM COULD ADVANCE.
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