John 1:30—— This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’
John the Baptist the great prophet is talking to the people. He has not performed a single miracle yet thousands and thousands of people flock to hear him speak. His powerful speech broke stony hearts.
John was speaking in faith of the coming of the Messiah and now he could point out to Jesus among the crowd. John points out to a man nobody knew.
John was saying Jesus was coming after him in time but was before him (not in time) but in rank, position, and authority. The people thought John was the messiah. John first played off their attempts to give him a title, “are you the messiah? Are you Elijah? Etc. He said, no, just a voice of one crying in the wilderness. He was showing that he was not bothered that he must decrease and the one coming after him in time but before him in rank must increase. He is quick to give honour and glory to the Messiah, and God.
Even though John the Baptist had experienced the presence of Jesus they had no relationship for many years. John said he did not know Jesus; he had no personal knowledge of Jesus until he met him in person because their manner of life was different. John spent his time in the wilderness and solitude in separation of the world. Jesus spent his time in Nazareth among the people as the son of a carpenter.
There was no correspondence, no conversation between Jesus and John. John had been waiting for the Messiah to come – the Messiah would be the one on whom the Holy Spirit rests. Even though John did not know Jesus personally, with faith and a vision he kept baptising and proclaiming Jesus.
We also have visions of our future, but when the manifestation comes, do we direct the glory and honour to God?
IT’S PRIDE PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THAT KEEPS ME FROM GIVING GOD ALL THE GLORY AND KEEPING SOME OF IT FOR MYSELF. IT IS A BATTLE WE ALL FIGHT IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER, SOME OF US DAILY OR EVEN HOURLY.