John the Baptist was a humble guy, but some of John’s followers became jealous when some others began to follow Jesus. They didn’t like the competition.
John, on the other hand, was full of joy to see some of his followers move their allegiance to Jesus. He recognized that his assignment, to announce the arrival of the Messiah, was complete. John saw that his continued presence had become a stumbling block to his loyal followers by hindering their belief that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. Since this was the opposite of his divine commission, he had to get out of the way. He had to yield to Jesus. John was from the earth. Jesus was from heaven. John submitted to the One who was greater than himself. Jesus had to increase. John had to decrease.
John is a great example of submitting one’s will to God’s. Such submission is both wise and humble. Pride must yield to humility to follow Christ more completely.
Dr. Rob Oberto is the award-winning author of “Intimacy With God: Extraordinary miracles that opened a skeptic’s heart to God” available from Amazon.
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