Today's sermon considered God's sovereignty and John the Baptist's choice to participate in that sovereign plan.
After John's followers told him about how people where flocking to Jesus, John knew exactly what his reaction should be: “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 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. He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:22-30 NIV).
John knew that Jesus must be lifted up. He could either be in the way or be part of the way. True to his character, he chose the latter. What's is God doing in our world? How are we responding?