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文章标题:人性最光辉的时刻  文章来源:天天天言  发布时间:2011/8/4  访问次数:1564  文章简介:The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward.

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文章来源:天天天言   发布时间:2011/8/4     访问次数:1564   

简介:The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward.

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    Bible Reading:  
    Matthew 3: 13-16, John 3: 25-30

    13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

    14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
    15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

    16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

    25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification.

    26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified?behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

    27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

    28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’

    29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

    30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
    The crowds on the river bank must have wondered as they saw John hesitate to baptize a young man who had come forward. He had baptized everyone else who came. What was the problem there?
Those who were close enough would have heard, “I need to be baptized by you. Why do you come to me?” There is wonderful humility as well as recognition in those words. It would have been easy to say later on, “I was the one who baptized Jesus.” We are all very human. We often want everyone to know just how much we have done or given.

    But John was different. He knew his position as the messenger. Now the one whose coming he had spoken of was standing in front of him. Paraphrase what John said in your own words, “This isn't right. You are far greater than I am.” It was one of John's finest hours. Perhaps we need to practice a little more of that kind of humility rather than pushing in to do what someone else could possibly do better.

    Some time later John's disciples seemed to have tried to stir up jealously in his heart without success. “Everybody is going to hear this new man, instead of coming to us.” But John's humble spirit was again shown in that occasion. “God in heaven appoints each man's work. My work is to prepare the way for that man.... He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.” (Living Bible)

    That last phrase shows John in one of his finest hours. Too often we are willing for Christ to become greater so long as we do too. Or the temptation comes for us to even overshadow Christ. What did John say? “He must become greater, I must become less.”

    John preached to thousands. He baptized great crowds. Yet one of the finest lessons he left behind was his humility. Are we learning that lesson?










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