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Matthew 11:11

As Jesus continues to explain the role of John the Baptist, He tells the multitudes that among all of those born until that time none was greater than John. It is important not to misunderstand this statement. Jesus is not saying that John was a better person they everyone before him. As the parallel passage in Luke 7:28 states, His point is that because of John’s mission of preparing the way for the Lord, he was a greater prophet than any who came before him. But notice that Jesus follows this assertion with the words that the one who is least in the kingdom is greater than John. Why would this be so? Once Jesus’ rule began from heaven in Acts 2, the work of the citizens of this kingdom (Christians) would be a greater work than that of John. John only prepared the way for the coming of the Lord and His kingdom, but Christians are given the mission of bringing people into the kingdom and therefore into a relationship with the Lord.

Christian, have you ever thought of yourself as greater than John the Baptist? Jesus said you are greater, but this is only the case if you are fulfilling your mission. John prepared people for the Lord, we are to actually bring people to the Lord. Consider this, if John’s mission was greater than all the prophets who came before him, and our mission is greater than John’s, then what we are to be doing is greater than what all the prophets have ever done. Now, have you taken your work seriously? Are you bringing people into the Lord’s kingdom?