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

Sunday, April 30, 2023

[Jesus continued,] "John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,
'Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way before you.'

I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!"

— Luke 7:27-28 NLT

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 Baptizer came on the scene, people flocked to hear him. [1] They recognized in the clarity of his words something that could come only from God. [2] 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 [3]. 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 because of their adoption into the family of God.

[1] Matthew 3:5.
[2] Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:22; Luke 3:10.
[3] Luke 3:19-20.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the incredible example of John the Baptizer. 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 adopting me as your child and making me a part of your Kingdom. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

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


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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