Greater than John

April 8th, 2011

I was talking with some friends about Luke the other day and Luke 7.28 came up in the conversation.

It says, “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

On the surface it can be a strange verse to understand. When you reading it in light on verse 27 it makes a little more sense.

“This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” (v27).

Jesus was talking about John coming to announce the Kingdom of God which Jesus talked about ie Repent and believe for the Kingdom of God is near.

As Christians when we accept Christ, God’s Kingdom comes to us. We then become greater than John was at the time, because we actually live in it daily.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary echoes these thoughts when it says, “Jesus now puts John into historical perspective. John came in advance of the kingdom, which has now become a reality (16:16). Great as John was (v.28), it is greater to participate in the kingdom than to announce it.

I thought I would share this on my blog just in case there are others who have struggled with this verse too.

God Bless,

Dave