Putting Pride in its Proper Place

Week beginning: 29th October, 2023 | By Mark Jones | Surrey

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:24-28 (NIV)

John's practice of baptism was, I understand, unusual. In many regards it made him special. People came to him; he had followers. It brought him to the attention of important people who wanted a personal audience with him.

In other regards, John's p

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