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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 3:31-36 (titled “He Must Increase”). Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus must increase because He came from heaven, He has a heavenly message, He has all authority, and our eternal destiny depends upon Him.

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Luke 3 deals primarily with the identity of Jesus Christ. He is preceded by John the Baptist (3:2-20). He was baptized and given the Father’s verbal blessing (3:21-22). His genealogy proves He is the Son of God and God the Son (3:23-38).

John said that Jesus is “the Lord” (verse 4) and the One who will bring “the salvation of God” (verse 6). He procalimed that Jesus was “mightier” than he was (verse 16) and the One who will “baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (verse 16). In short, Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior.

Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by God the Father in verse 22 – And the Holy Spirit descended on him (Jesus) in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Finally, Jesus is proven to be the Son of God and God the Son by His ancestry – His genealogy. This is Joseph’s line, not Mary’s (which is recorded in Matthew’s Gospel), which explains an objection some have raised (specifically, that it seems that Jesus has two different genealogies).

John’s statement and attitude of submission in verse 16 jumped out at me. John said, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” John was an extremely important part of God’s plan to prepare the way for the Messiah – he played a key role. In fact, Jesus said that there was no one greater than John in His kingdom (Matthew 11:11). With all of that being said, John did not see himself as anything or anyone important. He said he wasn’t even worthy to do the most menial task for Jesus – untying His sandals. John realized that he was the messenger and that Christ is the Message. That’s a tremendous example of submission and servanthood. John says it another way in John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I need that attitude today and, I suppose, some of you do, too.

Lord, may the Lord Jesus Christ increase and may I decrease. He’s mightier than I, and I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals – the One in whom You are well pleased.

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