Daily D – John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease.
JOHN 3:30 (CSB)
Envy and rivalry are evidence of shallow souls.
There was depth and character to John the Baptizer. John the Apostle tells us in chapter one of this Gospel that,
John the Baptizer did his job well. In John 1:19-36, we see the raison d’etre, his reason for being, his mission. He came to prepare the way for Jesus. He came to point people to Jesus. In verse 36 he said to two of his disciples, “Look, the Lamb of God!” Verse 37 gives us a turning point, a point of no return, a gateway into a different reality.
This brings us to chapter three. Verse 26 represents another turning point, a gateway into the next steps of this adventure.
The best evidence yet of John’s depth of character and his sense of mission is now on full display. Far from envy, farther still from jealousy, he declares the fulfillment of his life purpose.
He had come to bear witness to Jesus. He had come to prepare the way. He had come so that others would see Jesus for who he is and turn their hearts toward him. Talk about famous last words, these are some of the best ever.
If someone were to ask you if you are Team John or Team Jesus, know that John himself would say he is on Team Jesus. Join John in taking a good, long, admiring look at Jesus. He is Life. He is the Light of the World. He is the Lamb of God. He is our Savior.
Let’s join John in saying, “More Jesus, please.”
I will point people to Jesus.
Our Father, empower me to point people toward Jesus. May they see him for who he is. I want them to enjoy his goodness and grace, his joy and his salvation. Amen.
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Psalm 23:3, 4 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. (CSB)
Daniel 5:11 “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. (CSB)
Daniel 1:20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom. (CSB)