Sermons

Humble Response to Waning Influence (John 3:22-30)

Pastor David Zooeff, October 20, 2019
Part of the John: The Gospel of the Son of God series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

As John the Baptist's ministry was being eclipsed by Jesus' growing influence, John demonstrates his humility by joyfully accpting his decreasing place and being content to let Jesus increase. John was able to do so because he recognized:
God's Government;
God's Gifts; and
God's Limits.

John 3:22-30

22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24For John was not yet cast into prison. 25Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease. (KJV)