Jesus is the Son | Part 3: The Friend of the Groom
July 24, 2020
July 24, 2020
Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification. So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the one you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is going to him.”
John responded, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of him.’ He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice.
So this joy of mine is complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:25-30, CSB)
We all have “roles” to play in our lives. I’m a husband, a father, a grandfather, a pastor, a businessman.
John the Baptist had a role to play too. He was the advance man; he was the voice of one crying in the wilderness. He was Elijah and, in this passage, he tells us of another role he played: friend of the groom. In American culture, he would be the best man.
John did not have to be the center of attention, and he did not want to be the center of attention. When asked, he always demurred. He would say things like, “Well, I’m not worthy to unleash his sandal.”
John clearly stated that he himself was not the Messiah.
John clearly stated that he was sent in advance of the Messiah.
John clearly stated that he was the “friend of the groom.”
John clearly stated he was “standing by, listening for the groom.”
John the Baptist points to Jesus and who He is. He points to Jesus as the Lamb of God, and then as the Groom. John knew his place; John knew his role.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.