Jesus, Humility, and the Greatest Man who ever Lived—John the Baptist (7 of 10) by John Barnett

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Jesus, Humility, and the Greatest Man who ever Lived—John the Baptist (7 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
Mark 1:1-8; Matthew 11:11


We have been studying the Gospel by Mark now for several weeks. First we saw the human author that captured the words onto paper was Mark. Then we saw the man behind those words, the eyewitness to Christ's life and ministry, Peter. Now we come to the first mentioned character in the book, John the Baptist.

This morning I invite you to consider Jesus, humility—and the greatest man who ever lived up until Christ. That greatest man was also the humblest and his name was John the Baptist. John is the first character introduced in the Gospel by Mark. He is so vital that we need to examine his life closely.

The Lord declared we are sinners from birth and because of that we all want our own way (Isaiah 53:6). Wanting our own way is a simple definition of pride. All of us this morning share one thing in common and that is the sin of pride. Though most of us never may murder another human—we are proud.

Though we may never get involved in witchcraft or sodomy—we will have a life long involvement with pride.

No matter what else we do in your life, if humility is not ours then God will resist everything else we do. God is moment-by-moment in a personal warfare against pride in the life of believers.

Pride is the sin God hates most, sees first, and wants us to likewise hate.

It we are not consciously humbling ourselves daily, hourly, and moment-by-moment, then we are losing the battle with pride. That brings us to Christ's messenger named...

John The Baptist

When God wanted to introduce His Son, who did He send? John the Baptist—a messenger who displays the supreme character God seeks in His servants called humility.

When God described the messenger He would use as the herald announcing the coming of the Lamb of God who would die for sin, how is he described? Note in ...

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