And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. John 3:26-28
As John the Baptist continued his ministry, to prepare everyone for the coming of the Christ, he eventually grew a large following. However as John knew, his destiny was not to grow a large following, but to lead people to Jesus. Johns followers noticed Jesus growing popularity and brought it up to John, basically saying “This guy is stealing your thunder”
Now John could have pleased his flesh and try to keep his followers or try to gain more, however John was a true prophet from God. John declared He was not the Christ, and his only purpose is to lead people to Jesus. Imagine if more preachers and pastors did the same thing today! Instead of popularizing your ministry preach Christ!
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:29-30
John came up with one of the best one liners in the BIble “Jesus must increase and he must decrease” meaning his entire ministry is all about exalting Jesus and not himself. Imagine if every Christian approached their walk this way, its all about exalting Christ and not ourselves
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. John 3:31-33
John declared Jesus is above all, and his mission is to testify about Christ! Not everyone will receive the testimony of Christ, however those who do receive it have the seal of God.
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:34-36
Here we see the Father, Son ,and Holy Spirit working in unison to proclaim the salvation for humanity. They who believe in Christ has everlasting life, but those who reject Christ, the wrath of God is still upon them!
Why did Jesus come to Earth and die on the cross, to take the wrath of God for our sins! Only through Christ may we obtain salvation! We must exalt Jesus and we must decrease ourselves Amen!