THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
GREATER THAN JOHN
There have been many great personages made known to us in
the Bible, and one of them is John the Baptist. In fact, Jesus
says of him, “Amen, I say to you, among those born of
women there has been none greater than John the Baptist”
(Mt 11:11a). Then Jesus follows that up with an astonishing
statement: “yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is
greater than he.” (Mt 11:11b). That is us!
was John the Baptist great? Why was he the greatest of all?
John’s greatness lay in his being sent as God’s
messenger to prepare the way for the coming of His Son Jesus.
He was the forerunner of the Messiah. John also preached in
the spirit and power of the great prophet Elijah. Like Elijah,
he called a nation to repentance, rebuked a king, and endured
John as prophet broke the 430 years of silence since the prophet
Malachi. He was the bridge between the Old Testament and the
New Testament. He was the last of the Old Testament prophets
but did his ministry in the New Testament dispensation. He
was the last in a long line of prophets that predicted Christ,
but was the only one who actually saw Christ, whom he even
had the privilege to baptize.
John the Baptist was the greatest. But no. Jesus says the
least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. Those who
are least in the Kingdom are we. How are we greater than the
is about who we have become. John was privileged to prepare
the way for Jesus and to actually know Jesus. But he was no
longer there to witness the saving act of Jesus on the cross.
He had great honor in being the herald of the coming of the
Savior, but that is not as significant as the honor we are
given as disciples of Jesus and co-inheritors with him in
his Kingdom. John announced the coming of the Kingdom, but
we are in the Kingdom.
is also about what we are called to do. John prepared the
way for the coming of Jesus; we prepare the way for his second
coming. John baptized with water, proclaiming a baptism of
repentance; we are used as God’s instruments to baptize
with the Holy Spirit. John preached in the whole region of
the Jordan; we are sent to the ends of the earth.
we are sent. We must be among the faithful who “speak
of the glory of your reign and tell of your mighty works,
making known to the sons of men your mighty acts, the majestic
glory of your rule.” (Ps 145:11-12). We do this by proclaiming
Christ, as we do the work of evangelization and mission.
can we do such great divine work? God Himself sends us and
so helps us. “It is I who say to you, Do not fear, I
will help you.” (Is 41:13b). God will not only help
us, but He will empower us. “I will make you a threshing
sledge, sharp, new, full of teeth, to thresh the mountains
and crush them, to make the hills like chaff.” (Is 41:15).
What awesome power! And for what purpose? God uses us as His
effective instruments, “that all may see and know, observe
and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the
Holy One of Israel has created it.” (Is 41:20).
God intends for us to be greater than the great John. Given
such a privilege, we must act on our destiny.