What Jesus Did! 'None Greater!' — Luke 7:27-28

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"This was written about John: 'Listen! I (God) will send my helper ahead of you. He will prepare the way for you.' I tell you, John is greater than any man ever born. But even the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than John."
— Luke 7:27-28 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:27-28 NLT — "This was written about John: 'Listen!"

Key Thought

John was incredible! The voice of God through the prophets had not been heard for hundreds of years in Israel. When John the Baptist came on the scene, people flocked to hear him. They recognized in the clarity of his words something that can only come from God. He lived his life and used his ministry to serve Jesus and open the hearts of people for the coming of the Christ. John spoke the truth regardless of who listened or who cared. This integrity and godly character were what got John in trouble with Herod. As great as John was, Jesus says that those in God's Kingdom are greater still—not because of what those in the Kingdom have done or will do, but because of the grace of God given through Jesus' atoning sacrifice and adoption into the family of God.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the incredible example of John the Baptist. Use me to be a servant for the message of Jesus. Help me to have the integrity of John as I try to speak your truth. Give me the courage to do your will, even under threat and opposition. Thank you for viewing me as your child and a part of your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 3:15-18
  • John 3:26-30
  • Revelaton 11:15


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.