What Jesus Did! 'Greater than I' — Luke 3:15-17

Friday, February 13, 2015

All the people were hoping {for the Christ to come}, and they wondered about John. They thought, "Maybe he is the Christ." John answered everyone, "I baptize you in water, but there is a person coming later who can do more than I can. I am not good enough to untie his shoes for him. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He will come ready to clean the grain. He will separate the good grain from the straw. He will put the good part of the grain into his barn. Then he will burn the part that is not good. He will burn it with a fire that cannot be stopped."
— Luke 3:15-17 NLT
Illustration of Luke 3:15-17 NLT — "Maybe he is the Christ."

Key Thought

The Super Bowl has come and gone for another year. If you're interested in football, you might remember several key plays about this year's game. What I find interesting, however, is that invariably the outcome of the Super Bowl, along with other key games, is often dependent upon the guys who are frequently overlooked—the men in the trenches, the offensive and defensive linemen. Most coaches suggest that turnovers and skill position people are crucial to a victory. While that may be true, the outcome of the game is usually determined by the players whose work is seldom discussed unless they mess up. John was one of those men in the trenches. He could have kept a huge following for himself. He was immensely popular. Instead, John kept his integrity and didn't change his message for anyone, including an adulterous king. John stuck to his purpose, pointing others to Jesus and away from himself. Jesus emphasized that this sort of servant is the greatest kind of person in his Kingdom. Jesus said this kind of servant is also the greatest kind of person we can be!

Today's Prayer

Father, make me a servant. I want to live knowing that I am pleasing you and honoring Jesus. If folks can't remember me, but they know Jesus because I've touched their lives, then make their praise of your Son satisfaction enough for me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:3-4, 19-21
  • Luke 7:24-28
  • John 3:26-30


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.