8/23/15 John the Baptist

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Luke 1:15-16

Morning Meditation 8/23/2015

Luke 1:15-16, "For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God."

Jesus said in Matthew 11:11, "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

A greater tribute has been paid to no man than what is said of John the Baptist by Jesus Christ.

Let's notice some areas of greatness of John,


"For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord." John had discovered the Lord and had gotten right with Him. This is the necessary prerequisite to being great in God's sight.

John was a man entirely separated to Him, with no interest to come between him and his service to God. He was a prophet with a message, and he did not cut any corners, or spare the guilty. It was "thus saith the Lord," with John.

Do you want to be great in the sight of the Lord? Then it must be of utmost importance to be important to Him. This must be our desire. The Lord must come first.


John was great because he had greatness dwelling in him.

He will filled with the Holy Ghost. Not the greatness of his own will, or purpose, or goodness, but the greatness of God dwelling in him. This implies,

1. Self-abnegation. He died to himself that God might live and move in him. Not I, but Christ in me. Man's original greatness was lowered to the dust through sin, and eternally ruined. The way into greatness in the Divine eyes is not by self-reformation, but by self-abnegation. Paul put it, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I life."

2. Divine possession. Filled with the Holy Spirit. Yielded up to the will of God as taught by His Spirit abiding within. Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;" All true greatness comes from Him who alone is great. Great in wisdom, holiness, and power.

3. Heavenly wisdom. TO be filled with the spirit is to be filled with the knowledge of His will, so that every thought and act may be in perfect harmony with the mind of God. He that worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. The wisdom of the Christian comes directly from Christ.


Luke 1:16 says, "And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God."

We see in John a,

1. Great faithfulness. His ministry gives abundant evidence of his fearlessness and devotion to the work of God. Like the apostle of the Gentiles he could say, "This one thing I do." (Phil 3:13).

2. Great power. Like the greater One who was to come after him, he spoke with power. His word was sharp, and quick, and powerful, because it was a word that burned in his bones. He was in vital sympathy in his message. It was to him no task committed to memory, but the living truth, blazing in a living soul, and dropping from his glowing tongue like coals of fire.

3. Great success. "Many turned to the Lord." A holy Ghost ministry is always a success. It is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father will never speak without telling effect. The secret of his success lay in his exalting the Lord and not himself. He must increase, and I must decrease.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

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