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About-Him Devotional 07-19-03
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
86: John the Baptist Commended - Mt. 11:7-19; Lu. 7:24-28
Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
As the delegation left to return to John at the prison, Jesus began to speak highly of John to the ever present crowd. "What did you go out to see? A polished performer dressed in the latest styles? Perhaps you found a silver tongued orator who tailored his message to fit his audience? No, none of these, but did you go out to see a prophet? Yes, but John was much more than a prophet, He was the forerunner of Almighty God manifest in the flesh.
John was the greatest of the old testament prophets because he was unsurpassed in character, humility, self denial and devotion to his calling. We can draw closer to God by having these same characteristics, but it has been said that when we become aware of our spiritual attributes, we no longer have them.
Because of the grace of God, the very least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. We have been made partakers of the divine nature by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. By the Spirit, we have access to the throne of grace that was not available to John. We do not fully comprehend or utilize the gifts of the Spirit that have been given for our perfection. We have the full power and authority of heaven at our disposal in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that "The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12)." He is simply saying, "Don't be passive about entering the kingdom, be aggressive and press your way in."
Finally Jesus compared the reception given to Him and John by the Jewish nation to children playing in the marketplace. They just couldn't be satisfied. John was too strait-laced and Jesus was a wine bibber and a friend of sinners. Jesus simply said that "wisdom is justified of her children."
Next Week: Cities Rebuked
A New Composition: Hope You Enjoy It.
I Just Don't Get It (How We Forget the Christ of Calvary)
Also another favorite old hymn
The Love of God
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An irritated father complained to his golf buddy. "When I was a kid, my parents sent me to my room without supper if I misbehaved. But my son has his own color TV, telephone, computer, every computer game and CD player in his room!"
"So how do you handle it?" his friend asked. "I send him to MY room!";
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall - King Solomon
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