11 January 2010
Jesus Came From Heaven
Once again, we see the model for ministry in John the Baptist. It appears that someone outside of the John the Baptist camp had a conversation with those in the John the Baptist camp that went something like, "Isn't John bothered by the fact that more and more attention is being paid to Jesus instead of him?" John explains to his loyal disciples that there is no John the Baptist camp. In fact he chastises them because he has told him this the whole time.
Then he explains the difference between a prophet like himself and Jesus: Jesus comes from heaven. John the Baptist is not confused that Jesus is more than a man. He is more than just a good teacher. He has witnessed it all and knows firsthand that "God is true". Why should we waste our time following "good" men who only have our perspective when there is someone who has a heavenly perspective who provides the way to eternal life ("that they would know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent")?