Becoming Greater, Becoming Less

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the most difficult things is to be open for the possibility that your particular view on something needs to change.  In John 3:22-36, John’s disciples and some Jews had their own certainties about ceremonial washing (3:25).  John had to convince his own disciples that Jesus brings a completely new perspective on matters.  The way in which he did that was to address this different perspective as a matter of authority.  He does not get involved in a detail argument about the matter of ceremonial washing, but deferred to Jesus’ bigger authority than him.  “He must become greater; I must become less” (3:30).  Sometimes Christians act as if their certitudes give them the right to take Jesus’ place as the authority.  And sometimes they think they need to defend God with their strong beliefs.  However, John sets an example of a strong leader that realizes he needs to get out-of-the-way for the sake of pointing to the One who is the true authority.  You and I are called today to find every possible opportunity to point towards the authority of Jesus rather than proclaiming our own beliefs.

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