Mark 1 : 5-8

5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him (John the Baptist)). Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you withe water, but he will baptize you withf the Holy Spirit.”

In spite of his lack of fashion sense, we read in v. 5, that John had a booming ministry, and “everyone” was coming to John to be baptized . What was his response to his celebrity status?  We read in v. 7 he points to Jesus, and preaches He is the powerful one, He is the worthy one, He baptizes and saves by the Holy Spirit.

Many “celebrity” Pastors of this day say He, but mean Me.  They are on TV,  writing the books, preaching to millions, and have much better fashion sense than John, but they dont have the humility of John and are not, as John was, willing to be executed for their message. Let us be like John the Baptist and say, “He must become greater I must become less. (John 3:30) and “love not our lives unto death” (Rev. 12:11)

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