That Joy is Mine

John 3:27-30(NIV)

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

The latest news in politics a few days ago is that the former Prime Minister of Canada who lost in the fall elections, has decided to step down from politics altogether.  This follows a decision after the fall decision to step down as the political party leader.  He understands that as a party leader, there would be little chance for him to win another federal election.  After two terms, the majority of votes was given to a new leader, pointing to change that the people no longer wanted him as the leader of the country.

John the Baptist was sent ahead of Jesus and went out to preach about the coming Messiah, Jesus.  John knew that his time was coming to an end as being the person that people would go to.  People would travel for days to see John the Baptist and now he is telling everybody that the bridegroom has come and that the bridegroom must become greater while John became less.  John was glad and full of joy that Jesus has finally arrived and did not feel any loss that he will no longer be getting the attention. Just like a politician, he knew that his term was done and that somebody else must come after him to continue God’s master plan.  We also need to reflect on how John says that his joy is his and it is now complete.  Do we feel the same joy and feel complete especially knowing what Jesus has done for our lives?

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