We pray each day on the way to school, we have since my oldest was three. We pray for each other, our teachers, our school, and any other family prayer needs. I ask the Holy Spirit to pour out the Fruit of the Spirit in my kids’ hearts, the hearts of their teachers, and now my own as I’m teaching every child from Pre-k through 9th grade. We pray that Jesus would shine brightly through our lives, the lives of our teachers, the lives of the students, and that we’d be good friends to those around us. We pray that our school would be a bright beacon of the light of Jesus.
Yesterday after I said “Amen” my Middle Schooler looked at me and asked, “Mom, why are you so nice?”
At the end of a long school year, one where I taught both he and his sisters, his words made me pause and say, “Only Jesus.” Anything good that comes from me, I give the credit to Him” “What do you mean, Mom?”
Here’s the passage I was thinking of, John 3:22-4:3
In today’s reading a debate broke out about Jesus vs. John. John reminds them he is only there to prepare the way for the Messiah, Jesus. John the Baptist knew his flawed humanity was not to be seen as better or especially equal with Jesus.
He compares Jesus to the bridegroom who marries a bride, John compares himself to the best man, filled with joy for Jesus’ success. Jesus must become greater and greater, John less and less (John 3:30).
I love this verse for two reasons. First of all how wonderful it is to be joyful and not jealous of other’s success. John had experienced the joy of pointing others to Jesus and now he gets to see him walking out prophesy in the flesh. His followers wanted to make a competition out of it, but John refused and shared His excitement for his savior and friend.
He reminds His followers that Jesus must become the greater one in their eyes, not him. We’ll learn later in the gospel of John that we can do nothing apart from Him.
Also in this chapter…
John reminds us of our lowliness as he says, “we speak of earthly things, Jesus is from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard but now few believe what He tells them. (John 3:31-32).”
It’s hard to believe that Jesus was right there, face to face with people yet most did not trust in Him.
The word says, Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. 36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:33-36
Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing more disciples than John, so he moved locations back to Galilee.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you,
See you tomorrow for Day 6.