Synaxis of John the Baptist

John 1:24-34, John 3:27–30 (read online ⧉)

John the Baptist is one of those inteing s of Scripture. He wore camel hair and ate locust-honey “cakes”. He called everyone to repent. People came from miles around to see him, and many were baptized by him. He was definitely a famous person.

Was it the show, or were there really seeking and repentant ts? The answer is yes. For many, it was the show. For others it what a form of seeking that was different than the weight of the Law that many carried.
What about John, though?

He was drawing crowds. He could have been something more than just a guy in the wilderness. Yet, he chose the Jordan river as the home of his ministry. He chose the untamed wilderness to call people to repentance. It wasn’t like he couldn’t have done something more. Yet, as his disciples questioned (basically) why he didn’t “stand up” to for taking “his” followers away, we see the t of John. It wasn’t for himself. It was for .

It was for ! It’s so easy for us to look back and say that obviously John did that for . Yet, we look around us at famous people (politicians, company executives, entertainers, even pastors), and when push really came to shove would they dump it all for ? We’d think it would be easy for pastors. They are human, too. Success is attrive, and pastors want to be successful, too.

John’s humility, though, was significant. Israel’s was indeed the goal. His ministry was a stepping stone, and even noted that John’s ministry of repentant baptism was necessary to fulfill all righteousness.

1) Where have you been successful in ? If you are in a place of success now, how sure would you be to drop it all if were to call on you to do that?

2) How was John’s ministry not successful? How was John’s ministry successful?

3) What is the difference between worldy success and ly success (if there is any)? If they are different, how do you define success for yourself, members, or the ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.