John was born a few months before Jesus and his assignment was to preach in the wilderness and prepare the way for Jesus. In John chapter 1, some of John’s disciples became Jesus’s first followers. John was related to Jesus and I imagine that he was well acquainted with him. Although Jesus did not start his ministry before his baptism, I imagine that John knew enough to know the power and authority that he commanded. “even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie”” (John 1:27).
John was firm in his convictions and spoke boldly despite his audience. The religious leaders were intrigued by his presence and often sent messengers to try to discover who he was. John never attested to being the Christ, Elijah or the prophet. John simply used his platform to set the scene for Jesus’s entry. “and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God”” (John 1:36).
John’s disciples were concerned when Jesus started preaching and baptising as they noticed that he attracted a larger following. John reminded them that he was not the Christ. “He must increase, but I must decrease”” (John 3:30).
Many of us have platforms and avenues which we use to convey messages daily. Our message should let people know more about Jesus Christ. We are here to establish the kingdom of God and we lift our voices to let people know who Jesus is.