Friday 5th April 2019 - Daily Reading:
John 3 part 2 - by Andy McCulloch

Under the guidance of John chapter 1, we took a look at the identity of Jesus Christ.

Today, we'll add to that from another John, not the gospel writer, but the baptizer. Have a read of what he has to say of Jesus in verses 27-36, with the backdrop set in verses 22-26.

What I really love about John the Baptist is the clarity with which he saw both who Jesus had come to be and who he was himself.

"He has a higher rank than I," we read back in chapter 1. "I am not the Christ," he confesses when under scrutiny as he continues to witness to Jesus. His own verdict is found in chapter 3, where John the Baptist advises his own disciples, "He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease," as he goes on to explain the heavenly man from above and the earthly man below. John arrives at his overall conclusion: "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

John, in his conclusion, is crystal clear on the difference Jesus makes. Therefore, it is He, the superior one, who must ascend and we ourselves must make way for His amplification. This is not to our loss, not suffering, it is what we have been waiting for! Rejoice greatly for in Him, your joy is made full. He is the only one who brings and gives eternal life. Yield in every way.

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