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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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.