John Ch 3 V 22-36

22After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24(This was before John was put in prison.) 25An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew[i] over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ[j] but am sent ahead of him.’ 29The 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. 30He must become greater; I must become less.

31“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[k] gives the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”[l]

God sent Jesus down to the earth so that whoever believes in Him will be saved. In this passage, God tells us that while we spread the news about Jesus, it is not about ourselves. When the Jews told John that Jesus was getting all the attention, John replied that he is not the Christ. We are like John, in that the praise and worship should not be directed toward us, but toward God. Our joy is from people being saved, so that God receives another person into heaven, which brings Him joy. We are mere humans, from the earth.

When Jesus came down to earth, there were still those who did not believe Him. But John testifies here that God is truthful, Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus speaks words only from God, and has no sin, but love. Whoever believes in Jesus shall have eternal life, but for those that don’t;like every man who was not cleaned of sin, they shall perish an eternal death.

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