John the Baptist was constantly pointing past himself and directing people to Jesus. One day he even said, “I must become less, and He must become more.” It’s hard to build up others and take a supporting role in the symphony of God’s will for the world. There is a famous old saying that one of the hardest instruments to play in an orchestra is “second fiddle.” But John the Baptist knew his role – to exalt Jesus. And, as you read the Bible passage below in the third chapter of Luke, realize that this is your role, too. To exalt Jesus high and to lower yourself in worship before Him.
(Luke 3) 15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. 19 But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.