Jesus is Greater

Scripture: John 3:30, ‘He must become greater; I must become less.’


Observations: After Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus he heads off into the countryside (v22), and the story returns to John the Baptist, who is having trouble with the Jews and ‘ceremonial washing. (v25)’ They tell him that Jesus is also baptizing (v26). But rather than becoming jealous, John says, ‘He must become greater; I must become less.’ John always knew that his mission was to prepare the people for the Christ. It had never been about him, it had always been about Jesus. Earlier John had said, ‘I am not worthy to untie his sandals. (1:27)’ And ‘I baptize with water, he will baptize with the Holy Spirit. (Mk 1:8)’ While John certainly has a humble attitude, he also understands God’s purposes in that his ministry is coming to a close and Jesus’ ministry is just beginning. In the Greek he says ‘it is necessary’ that Jesus becomes greater. This state of things is what must happen.


Application: The heart of the Christian life is the desire to put Jesus first. When we call Jesus ‘Lord’ we are saying that he is greater and we are less. The first step in the Christian journey is humbling ourselves before Jesus. This is necessary, not only for our salvation, but because Jesus is indeed Lord and worthy of all our praise. In fact one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord (Phil 2:10-11). Like John, is your life about Jesus becoming greater and yourself becoming less?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, when You came into our world in the person of Jesus Christ, You humbled Yourself, and not just in becoming one of us, but in dying on a cross for our sins. But it was necessary that in doing so You exalted Jesus to the highest place, and gave Him the name that is above every other name. You made Jesus to become the greatest. And Lord, I humble myself before Him. Help me to become less and less focused on myself and more and more focused on Jesus and his glory and honour. May he become the greatest person or thing in my life. In His name I pray. Amen.

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