Sunday, 29th October 2017
John 1:26-34 (NKJV)
John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
Yesterday’s reading showed John the Baptist’s declaring himself “a voice calling in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord” (a quotation from Isaiah 40:3). In today’s text, John saw Jesus coming towards him where he was Baptising converts in the River Jordan and announces (v. 29), “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.
In humility, we see John taking the humbler place in speaking about Jesus as, “A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me… who will baptise with the Holy Spirit…” (v. 30, 33). In v. 27 John the Baptist said he was not even worthy to be Christ’s slave, to perform the humble task of unfastening his shoes. But in Luke 7:28 Jesus had given a testimony that John was the greatest of all prophets. If such a person felt in adequate even to be Christ’s slave, how much more should we in ministry by whatever title or label, lay aside our pride to serve Christ! When many of us in service truly understand who Christ is, our pride and arrogance in the stage of service where we are, our self-importance should melt away.
PRAYER: Oh! Help me Lord, to humble myself like John the Baptist as I serve You where I am and what I am now. Amen.