The Greatest Person (Matthew 11:11)
Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Mt 11:11). What does He mean when He says, “Among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist”? Even though he did not gain the status of a son, he lived the greatest life among people who lived on earth.
1. Those who lower themselves
John the Baptist was great because he had baptized the Lord, but there was a reason he was given an important ministry. He had the heart which God wanted. This is well shown by his confession, “He must become greater; I must become less” (Jn 3:30). When we consider people’s general nature to become jealous when others are elevated, it is truly strange that he exalted another person and lowered himself.
2. Those who take it up with thankfulness
John the Baptist was unable to live comfortably his entire life so that he could take up his calling. What happened to him after he baptized the Lord? God could have given him the chance to live peacefully, but he had to be arrested by Herod and meet a miserable death by beheading. From the world’s viewpoint, no one suffered more unfairness than him. However, he was filled with the hope of heaven and full of thankfulness in his spirit.
3. Those who look to heaven
If children bring shame to their parents (Pro 19:26), there are times when servants act wisely and rule over sons. These servants will share in the inheritance of sons (Pro 17:2). John the Baptist may enter heaven with the status of a servant – but when we enter heaven and see how John the Baptist is glorified there, we will understand the reason why he could be thankful.
June 6, 2021
Overseer Sung-Hyun Kim