So John looked strange. He wore camel leather clothes. He ate locusts. He lived in the desert. And he was a radical. But wow, has there ever been anyone more humble outside of Jesus?
When he was gaining a large following people asked him if he was the Christ.
“He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ” (1:20).
And when his disciples were with him and John saw Jesus, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (1:36). And his disciples were rightly directed away from him.
It’s not easy when doting disciples and followers leave you. But it’s even more amazing that John encouraged them to do so. John was still human. Pride and ego were still factors. But he never let that get in the way of pointing people to Jesus and Jesus alone.
Perhaps this is why Jesus said of him, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist…” (Mt 11:11).