I love God’s Word! I love that we can pick it up at any time, read it, and have God speak to us. I love reading about the different people, and about their lives, and you can’t read about Jesus without reading about John the Baptist.
He paved the way for our Messiah. People would often accuse him of being The Messiah, and he would always tell them about Jesus. He must’ve been one humble dude, or was he?
I wonder, sometimes, what it would’ve been like to have actually lived back then, and actually been a part of the daily living. Think about it. John was human just like us, so I know he had emotions, and probably even cracked jokes, or got upset? I mean, no one except God is perfect, right?
“And you, my little son, shall be called the prophet of the glorious God, for you will prepare the way for the Messiah. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. All this will be because the mercy of our God is very tender, and heaven’s dawn is about to break upon us, Luke 1:76-78 TLB
After I read that scripture I wondered if John ever got tired of “paving the way”? I mean, here he is working his butt off for someone else to get to do cool stuff like work miracles! I just have to think that there could’ve been times when he was a tad bit jealous of Jesus. If it were me, after about the tenth time someone asked me if I was the Messiah, I might’ve ripped someone a new one! “No! I’m not the dang Messiah! I’M just paving the way!” Said dripping in sarcasm. Maybe that’s why God didn’t get an overly emotional, hormonal woman to do John’s job?
Think about it, John didn’t know what Jesus was going to have to go through. He just knew He was the Messiah. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been jealous of someone for a whole lot less than being the Messiah! I could see him lying there trying to go to sleep thinking “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! When do I get mine?” I know I’ve certainly had thoughts like that. Not about Jesus, of course, but about someone I thought was getting a little more credit than they deserved.
I wonder, if after John had those thoughts, if he felt as guilty as I do? I wonder if he was reminded, as I often am, that pride comes before the fall, and that we’re supposed to do everything we do as if we’re doing it for Christ and not man? I wonder if he got a spiritual butt kicking to remind Him that God is supposed to get the glory, and it’s NOT about us?
I bet he did! Plus, no matter if he actually felt those things or not, I sure feel better about myself thinking that he did! Jealousy sucks. It can ruin relationships, it can cause you to lose sight of your goals, it can cause you to act in ways that are shameful. Most of all, when we’re jealous, it means our focus isn’t on God. Let’s stay focused!
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. Hebrews 12:2