Summary: John was a spiritual Giant
By: Dr. Dennis Deese
There have been many who claimed to be great and the world has claimed many people to be great. But God’s claim of greatness is true greatness.
ETS: John was a great man
ESS: We need great men today (spiritual giants)
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.
Matthew 11:11 A greater: 3187 meizon mide’-zone: greater, larger, elder, stronger.
He didn’t say he was the greatest. He said, "there hath not risen a greater" - thus, we too can be great. We can reach the same spiritual level as John. He was a spiritual giant and you can be one too.
How does the Lord measure true greatness?
There are at least three things that made John great:
I. HIS FAITH
What type of faith makes a person great in the eyes of God?
A. His faith was active
John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
John 1:32-33 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Most people have to see it then they will believe it. He believed it then he saw it.
B. His faith was consumed
Luke 1:15 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.
Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
Filled with Greek 4137, play-ro’-o; to make replete, i.e. (literal) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), to furnish, satisfy.
C. His faith was influential
John 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
II. HIS FOCUS
A. God’s Call
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.
Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,