It’s All About Jesus - John The Baptist - The One Year Men of the Bible
It’s All about Jesus - John The Baptist
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
Race-car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. caught the attention of NASCAR fans worldwide when he said, “I believe I’m the best driver out there. You have to think that way.” Some thought that Earnhardt’s comment was cocky and self-aggrandizing; others thought it was the attitude any successful driver would need.
Either way, Earnhardt’s words echo a perspective shared by many professional athletes who have yet to learn the difference between healthy self-respect and harmful self-worship.
It’s hard to imagine such words coming out of John the Baptist’s mouth. Even when given the perfect opportunity, he shunned self-advancement. He attracted big crowds through his powerful preaching, but he remained humble. Instead of pointing to himself as Numero Uno, he pointed to Jesus and said, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me’” (John 1:15).
For John, it was all about Jesus.
John avoided the trap of self-glorification. He knew that he was just God’s messenger. When a crowd eagerly sought to know if John was the Messiah, he deferred to Jesus. “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals” (Luke 3:16).
John’s humble stance was not a ploy to build a personal following. It was so real that John encouraged his own disciples to follow Jesus. The day after he baptized Jesus, John pointed two of his disciples to him. “Look,” he exclaimed. “There is the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36).
Are you a humble person? When given the chance, do you gladly defer to Jesus and let him shine, or do you feel tempted to share the spotlight? Humility may be scarce today, but it is a jewel in the crown of righteousness.
It’s all about Jesus!