“I am the greatest!”
Some of us remember when Cassius Clay, better known today as Muhammad Ali, said those provocative words prior to his world heavyweight fight against Sonny Liston in February 1964. There was no doubt then, or for many years to follow, that he unashamedly believed those words.
But apparently Clay was wrong. Seems that Jesus (who I personally rate as a much better authority on the topic) thought John the Baptist was the greatest:
“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John;” (Luke 7:28)
What was it about John the Baptist that warranted this declaration? Was it his education or the way he dressed or perhaps the manner in which he spoke? Maybe it was his position in the business or religious world. What can we learn from the brief look we get in the Bible about John? Wouldn’t you love to live life in such a way that Jesus would say that about you?
Pastor Dale continues our study from the gospel of John with a closer look at John the Baptist and the three elements of his life that made him “the greatest.”
In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- Luke 7:28 – none greater than John
- Isaiah 40:3-5 – John was talked about long before he arrived
- Luke 3: 1-20 – John was talked about while he lived
- Acts 18:24-26; 19:1-4 – John was talked about long after he died
- John 1:19-34 – John meets Jesus
- John 3:22-30 – Jesus explains the ministry of John the Baptist
Longing to be all that God wants me to be!
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
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