Saturday, December 13, 2008
So I am laying here reading John 3 where it talks about John the Baptist and his apostles. They were all in a tizzy because Jesus was on the other side of the river baptizing people. Verse 26 says: "John's disciples came to him and said, 'Teacher, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you said was the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going over there instead of coming here to us'". First of all...silly disciples. John said this man was the Messiah! If you have an ounce of faith in the man you follow, wont you believe him when he points to one greater than he?! Why so upset!? Isn't it always funny how when we read the Word we can easily see how ignorant people were, but when its us and our lives we seem totally justified in our ways. Anyhow! So, I continued reading and got to John's response. Classic, by the way. Verses 27-30 "John replied, 'God in heaven appoints each person's work. You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for him-that is all. The bride will go where the bridegroom is. A bridegroom's friend rejoices with him. I am the bridegroom's friend, and I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less". First of all...PROPS to John. How obvious is it that he is filled with God!? Like he said, he is but man, of this earth. And to be of this earth is to be filled with sinful nature and desires. Which means! Saying "No its not me you should be praising, its not me you should be lifting up" he pointed the other way at someone greater than himself. That had to have been a little hard sometimes. I am sure Satan tried to do some crafty work in the heart of John from time to time. But anyway, John's AMAZING response, pointing it all at Christ, got me thinking... I wonder how hard it was for those apostles, and the people of the day for that matter, to accept Christ's "Messiah" status. That had to be a hard pill to swallow. Someone has come and they are the son of God? Are we sure here? That's what I would be saying. What really gets me curious is the question of whether it was harder to be a follower and believer in Christ back then or today? Because there are obvious pro's and con's to each. Pros for the biblical people-you got to actually SEE his miracles, SEE his gloriousness, SEE his Godly nature. Cons-This was a radical thing! The Messiah alive and among us! Today we live in a world where it is VERY socially acceptable to believe in the Messiah and his death and resurrection. Back then...that was just heresy! SO anyway...this is just something that really spoke to me this fine evening. I have read these verses so many times throughout my life, but all glory be to God for showing me something new. God is great.