Yeah, you heard me right. I’m greater than John the Baptist. But I’m not bragging because it’s not because of anything I did. If you don’t believe me, ask Jesus. He said it in Matthew 11:11.
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
What? How can that be? I mean John was great. He served as the forerunner of Christ. He broke the 400 year gap of prophetic silence. He portrayed divine humility when he recognized that Jesus “must increase but I must decrease.”
How could the least little Christian be greater than John?
Christians are great than John, not because of what they have done for God but because of what God has done for them.
I did both!
Our temptation is to look for heroism, significance, and success in noteworthy deeds and great accomplishments. But faith accepts that God is working out His plan–for the world and for eternity–one moment, one act, one life at a time.
Our finite wisdom in a mortal existence makes it hard to act with unnoticed integrity, to persevere without apparent results, to show courage when there is nothing to gain and no one to cheer the sacrifice. But by such integrity, perseverance, and courage among His people in a Church worldwide, God is changing the world.
No matter how obscure or insignificant the act, when we serve the purposes of the Savior, the glory of the Son of God shines in us with increasing glory because of His power that is at work in us.
Think about Jesus…did he do all the ministry? At first, but he was doing the equipping. Then he sent the disciples out in two’s. Ultimately, Jesus’ ministry was equipping the disciples and directly serving those outside of the disciples. How many miracles did he do on behalf of or directly for the disciples? No healings…except for Peter’s mom. He did calm the sea for them too. So he did care for them “pastorally.” So his ministry wasn’t to them but for them.
The Church is the Body of Christ. Therefore the Church doesn’t exist to serve the Christian but for the Christian to serve. The Church exists to serve the Christian in their service!
After reading 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, it’s pretty clear that Michael Green’s summary of the theology of the Lord’s Supper is super helpful to Christian who wants to participate on Sunday but isn’t sure what to do with that corporate time with God. Using this text and the following outline has helped me to avoid making this memorial meal an empty ritual.