What can you learn from John the Baptist? No 4
Four simple lessons from John the Baptist
God works though individuals
Be quiet before the Lord
Position and prestige are unimportant in the kingdom of God
Use money properly & scripturally
[KJV] [Matthew 11:11] Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
NON GREATER BUT THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN GREATER THAN HE
What were his strengths and how will we be greater?
There is much we can learn from John and apply to our lives and ministries.
- Position and prestige are unimportant in the kingdom of God.
~John the Baptist Preaches
[KJV] [Luke 3:1] Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
[KJV] [Luke 3:2] Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
Caesar and Pilate represent those in political power.
The high priests were on the top rung of the religious ladder.
But who received the precious word of God?
John, a man who was simply close to the Lord.
John was a genuinely humble person. His entire life was dedicated to honouring the Lord.
Carefully consider what John said.
[KJV] [John 1:27] He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
[KJV] [John 3:27] John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
[KJV] [John 3:30] He must increase, but I must decrease.
[KJV] Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
A simple man, living in the desert, eating locusts & honey & drinking water.
John always honoured the Lord Jesus. John’s disciples had questions as the crowds flocked to Jesus and started to leave John. John not only said that Jesus was greater BUT he actually lived it.
They said that had a devil. He was thrown in prison. He was beheaded.
John ends up beheaded at the whim of a daughter by the evil scheme of her mother because please, in a dance, Herod & his cronies. An ignominious death. John was murdered while in prison because he dared point the finger of the immoral behaviour of a fellow Jew who was the puppet of Rome.
This is the greatest man who has ever been born from human parents. His values were simply that he wanted to please the Lord Jesus. He was willing that the outward results of his life’s work would diminish as he watched the Lord Jesus fulfil his own purpose before the father. He has many things to teach us by his example.
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