It takes one to know one it seems. Although John the Baptist clearly denied that he was the Messiah, he was considered a strong candidate by many in the Jewish religious establishment of his day. In the passage below John the Baptist explains explicitly who Jesus is to his own disciples. One of the key points he makes, is to point out that Jesus is teaching from a heavenly perspective which is why so few people believe what he tells them. (We are so bound by our earthly or worldly perspective.) John tells his disciples that Jesus has been sent by God and speaks God’s words. So how could he be so sure? I think the answer is simple, John was already recognised and respected as a man of God, a Prophet. John’s message of repentance and baptism was distilled from the writings of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms – The Old Testament. So was Jesus’s teaching, and a man of God, John was tuned in to a heavenly perspective and so when he met Jesus, overflowing with the Spirit of God with out limit, the only thing to do was take a step back, direct people to Jesus, and rejoice in the presence of God.
John 3:28-36 NLT
You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
John’s observations about our perspective are still true today, perhaps even more so as our society becomes ever more secular. Many people have no concept of God let alone his presence and power. My greatest challenge is to testify about what I have seen and heard of God to a society that can only really see, hear and believe earthly things. The greatest challenge is to broaden the the view point and open up new points of perspective in order to reveal the truths of heaven to the earthbound people of the world we live in.
Judges 19:1-20:48, John 3:22-4:3, Psalms 104:24-35, Proverbs 14:22-24