. . . even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John’s mandate and mission was to point to Jesus and testify of Him. That’s also our mandate and mission. Here’s a good indicator whether or not one is a true witness for Jesus: do we have such a high view of Jesus that we have a true sense of our own unworthiness? Do they not go together?
Peter expressed that as follows, after seeing Jesus’ greatness: “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” What was Jesus’ response when Peter expressed his unworthiness? He said: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:8, 10). Did Peter not have to learn something before he could be an effective fisher of men?
John expressed one of the lowest of the lowest positions—untying someone’s sandal strap—while clearly stating that he wasn’t worthy to do so for Jesus. Do we have such a sense of His worth and our unworthiness? Or do we think we’re great and glorious? We need to see Jesus’ infinite greatness and our subsequent unworthiness to be a true witness for Jesus.
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