What Jesus Did! 'He is Greater by Far' — John 1:30

Friday, January 19, 2018

[About Jesus, John the Baptizer said,] "He is the one I was talking about when I said, 'A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'"
— John 1:30 NLT
Illustration of John 1:30 NLT — [About Jesus, John the Baptizer said,] "He is the one I was talking about when I said, 'A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'"

Key Thought

What John says in this verse sounds kind of like a broken record (John 1:15, 22-23, 26-27). John the Baptizer doesn't falter or fail in this testimony about Jesus. He remains faithful and true to his task of pointing others to Jesus. He praises Jesus' greatness and trumpets the need of all people to repent (Matthew 3:1-2). He tries to prepare hearts for the Kingdom of God. John the Baptizer shows us faithfulness over the long haul — faithfulness to God, faithfulness to the truth, faithfulness to his mission, and most of all, faithfulness to the Savior and his Kingdom. May such faithfulness be ours!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for my unfaithfulness. Renew a steadfast spirit in me and rekindle my resolve to live faithfully for Jesus throughout all my days. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
  • Luke 3:15-16
  • John 1:15

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.