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He Who Comes From Above

Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were similar in a number of ways; even both of their births were the result of a miraculous conception (see Mary and Elizabeth). John could have been the Messiah, if it had been God's Will for him to be The Anointed One. Some even thought that John was the long-awaited Messiah, to which John answered, "I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him." (John 3:28 RSV). John recognized that the Messiah would be the literal Son of God, from God.

"He who comes from above is above all"

At one point, when Jesus' ministry was just beginning, John's ministry was more popular. When Jesus began to become well-known, John's disciples wondered what was happening.

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"After this Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea; there He remained with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. For John had not yet been put in prison [see the Fact Finder question below].

Now a discussion arose between John's disciples and a Jew over purifying. And they came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here He is, baptizing, and all are going to Him." (John 3:22-26 RSV)

John explained that the man from God was far greater than any man of God.

"John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:27-30 RSV)

John's ministry was to prepare the way for the coming of the one Who was preparing the way for God's coming (see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth)

"He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for it is not by measure that he gives the Spirit; the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him." (John 3:31-36 RSV)

Fact Finder: How did John the Baptist's ministry end?
See John's Last Days


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