Saturday after Epiphany, 9th January 2016
“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Today we see how John points to the whole essence of our salvation, Christ Jesus our Messiah. He refuses to take glory in his deeds, staying committed to his mission. “I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him” (John 3:28). We ought to let Jesus take the lead role in our lives while we play the background. We as Christ’s followers ought to make Him known and loved. Only in doing that will our joy be complete; in putting Him first will we obtain from him the requests we ask.
So let us like John the Baptist stay humble and acknowledge within us the need of God to increase in us.