‘Christ Must Increase, I Must Decrease.’

Matthew 3:1-12
This chapter begins with ‘John the Baptist’(1). It ends with our Lord Jesus Christ concerning whom the Voice from heaven says, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased’(17). Once John had served his purpose, once he has pointed away from himself to the Lord Jesus Christ, he retreats into the background. This is how it must always be. We point to One who is ‘more powerful’ than ourselves (11; Romans 1:16). With John, we must learn to say, ‘Christ must increase, I must decrease’(John 3:30). The contrast between John and Jesus is highlighted in verse 11 - ‘I baptize with water... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’. This is still the contrast between the preacher and the Saviour - We preach the Word. He sends the power. Still He says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses’(Acts 1:8).
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2 comments:

Stacie said...

I've been thinking about this verse for a few days. Power comes from God! you nailed it.

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charlescameron said...

Thanks, Stacie, for your comment.
The power comes from God. Let all the glory go to Him.
May our prayer always be,
"More love, more power
More of You in my life
More love, more power
More of You in my life.
I will worship You with all of my heart
And I will worship You with all of my mind
And I will worship You with all of my strength
For you are my Lord
You are my Lord."
Best wishes.
Charlie