Luke 7:28 Greater Than He

Luke 7:28 (KJV)
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 

So much controversy surrounds John the Baptist. Even Baptists dismiss John the Baptist, embracing those teachings of the Protestants such as he should be called “John the baptizer.” That his ministry transcended that of the Old and New Testaments, it is clear. 

  • There had been no prophet for 400 years
  • His ministry, unlike any prophet, coincided with Christ’s
  • The gospel of Jesus began with the baptism of John the Baptist
  • He was not Elias the prophet but was the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning him

John the Baptist truly was the greatest of the prophets who was much more than a prophet. 

Even then, he was so much less than Jesus Christ:

  • Who came just after him
  • Whose ministry superseded his
  • Whose way John merely made plain 

Jesus humbled Himself to become the least of men. John the Baptist’s most important duty was to point out the One who was so meek and lowly[1] there was no one who would otherwise desire Him. Jesus was so much greater than John the Baptist and yet it was John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. 

As great as John the Baptist was, the One who made Himself least was greater. 

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[1] Isaiah 53:2 (KJV)

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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