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****
........ “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
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.