“Though His ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be His slave and untie the straps of His sandal.”
Many people in this world have branded themselves as the “special ones”. From football managers to famous singers, it is a term that is quickly used but is never lived up to. There is only man who ever lived that has the right to call Himself “the Special One” and that is Jesus Christ. Even so, it is a term that He never used to refer to Himself with. It was John the Baptist that first described Jesus’ special characteristics when He was answering a Pharisee’s trouble making questions. John the Baptist made a declaration about Jesus that indicated that Jesus was no ordinary man describing Jesus as ‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John knew that Jesus was the ‘Special One’. He knew the prophecies of old and He knew that Jesus was the fulfillment of those prophecies. His response…. Humility.
John, knowing who Jesus was, declared that He was not even worthy enough to untie the straps of Jesus’ sandals, (a role reserved for slaves/servants). Later on, in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism, John the Baptist is found saying to Jesus “I am the one who needs to be baptised by You!” Moreover, back in the gospel of John, John the Baptist exclaims that it is Jesus who should be exalted and elevated, no himself…. “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less”. All this leads to the very real facts, that John knew that Jesus was Someone special. It was this knowledge that led to Johns complete humility.
What is your response to Jesus this day? Do you acknowledge Him as the Lamb of God, sent from Heaven to take away our sins?