The Baptist’s Confirmation
Jealousy lives around the corner. We live in a world where we are comparing all the time. We put our best pictures on social media en share our successes. In this story we read that the students of John the baptist are arguing with him. John was one of the biggest teachers of his time. He was compared to the most well-known prophet of the old times Elijah. But when Jesus appears and start to baptise people the students of John start asking questions. They ask John: “are you not Jealous?" John answered, “He must be more important, while I become less important”. That is so not 21st century language. The key is in the sentence before: John is admitting that Jesus is the Messiah. I've learned to say: He must be more important in my life so I can become less important every day!
Jesus and John
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the province of Judea, where he spent some time with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon, not far from Salim, because there was plenty of water in that place. People were going to him, and he was baptizing them. 24 (This was before John had been put in prison.) 25 Some of John’s disciples began arguing with a Jew about the matter of ritual washing. 26 So they went to John and said, “Teacher, you remember the man who was with you on the east side of the Jordan, the one you spoke about? Well, he is baptizing now, and everyone is going to him!”
27 John answered, “No one can have anything unless God gives it to him. 28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete. 30 He must become more important while I become less important.”
He who Comes from Heaven
31 He who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly matters, but he who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He tells what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his message. 33 But whoever accepts his message confirms by this that God is truthful. 34 The one whom God has sent speaks God’s words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God’s punishment.