The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
I have looked forward to a lot of things in my life with great anticipation. For the most part, every event, experience, or thing loses its excitement after the initial wow. NFL quarterback Tom Brady said after he won a Super Bowl he felt, “Is this it?!” I have read books that promised great life change. Then little happened. The old adage “over promised, under delivered” has been my experience over and over again.
John the Baptist, like other Jews, was waiting for the coming Messiah. The nation of Israel had longed for the conquering Messiah for thousands of years.
Then John the Baptist announced the promised Messiah had arrived. Can you imagine the expectations the Jews had? They were in for a big letdown.
In this short passage, John the Baptist revealed a much different Messiah. He would disappoint many in the religious community, but he was much more that anyone ever expected. He was like a package wrapped in ordinary paper, but when unwrapped would reveal to the world a Messiah beyond anyone’s expectations.
John proclaimed His mission was to be the Lamb of God, who would take away the sin of the world. The Jews wanted deliverance from Rome. The Beyond Expectations Jesus came to deliver you from your sin: A spiritual deliverance no matter what your circumstance.
John said something that doesn’t seem important, but it’s key to separating Jesus from every other religious leader. John said Jesus was “before me.” The Beyond Expectations Jesus is eternal.
What was the Spirit descending on Jesus all about? God’s blessing and favor was on Jesus. Then John goes on at the end of the passage to declare Jesus is the Son of God. That was huge to the Jews.
Jesus is the real deal. He goes beyond anyone’s expectations in who He is and what He has done for you.
Thought of the day: Take a moment to praise Jesus that He is beyond expectations. Thank him for being the Savior from your sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to greater obedience to Jesus. It’s the greatest adventure you will ever join.