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Increase

To become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality

Our human nature causes us to look at ourselves, think about ourselves and talk about ourselves.  We strive to become greater, bigger and stronger.

The heart of John the Baptist was and is rare.  He was always thinking about Jesus, talking about Jesus and pointing people to Jesus.  He consistently worked at becoming   less and Jesus becoming more.

Decrease

To diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power

John the Baptist’s words, He must increase and I must decrease, are a picture of his heart.

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

John 3:22  After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.

Here we see some important facts.  Even though Jesus has come on the scene and is beginning to baptize people, John the Baptist still continues on with his work.

He clearly knows his calling and is sticking to it.  His calling is going to lead him to prison and eventually death, yet he stays faithful.

John 3:25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

Gossip is a slippery sin that can get us into heaps of trouble.  It causes bickering, backbiting and comparison.

When John the Baptists’ disciples begin to gossip about Jesus, trying to create a competition between them, John was not having any of it and squelches it instantly.

John 3:27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

John is saying clearly, I am not the Christ, the Messiah or the Groom at the wedding.  I am not the main attractionJesus is the Christ, the Messiah and the Groom we have been waiting for.   I am the best man who stands by Him rejoicing and pointing everyone to Him.  I am filled with joy, my mission is fulfilled.

We must remind ourselves, we are not the main attraction, Jesus is.  We represent Him well when we reflect His character.

 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

When we purpose to become less and allow Jesus to become more, we are being transformed, becoming more and more like Him.  We reflect His character of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  He takes us from glory to glory. Who doesn’t want more of that in their life?

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