for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He
was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. John 1:6–8
John the Baptist came to bare witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. This he
did faithfully as he directed those in his hearing away from himself to the Lamb of God.
One day John stood with two of his disciples. "Looking upon Jesus
as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!" Then the apostle John writes,
"And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus." (John
1:36–37) What a wonderful testimony to the ministry of John the Baptist!
We live in a day when many follow the preachers (1 Cor. 1:12), and
may even idolize them to the point where their word is considered infallible. Sadly, some
preachers, unlike the apostle Paul, desire such followings and minister accordingly.
(1 Thess. 2:4–6)
While we should value those who faithfully minister God’s Word, let us be on guard
that we do not become followers of men.