My Interpreting Scripture Professor Todd Miles gave a devotional in my first lesson that has stayed with me. This devotional was meant to teach us how to pick apart the hermeneutics of a message, and to teach us how to structure a sermon, interpret scripture ourselves which it did, but during this exercise he also revealed great truth that I was able to share with multiple people since that lesson. I found myself repeating this sermon in a café downtown to someone who asked me how school was going, and friends in a parking lot outside a movie theatre. I want to share what I learned from a brief section with you:
In Matthew 11:11 Jesus spoke of John the Baptist and said: “among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Looking at Jeremiah 9: 23-24 we find Gods definition of greatness, those who can boast should “boast in understanding and knowing him.” When Jesus calls John great, and not just great but the greatest that has ever been born, he means that no one ever has been able to know, or point out who God is better than John. Even when he was in his mother’s womb he jumped when Mary came near to Elizabeth because he sensed his Lord was close by. Just as John was great because he knew Jesus and could point him out as our Lord, Jesus says that we, even the “one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven,” are greater than John. Todd Miles said: “we have the Grace of place in redemptive history, we live on this side of the cross, and we can point out Jesus better than anyone prior to and including John.” With this knowledge that we have been gifted, this greatness it is our responsibility to do just that, to explain who Jesus was and is and what that means. This is my calling, to share the Gospel, to take that gift of greatness, that blessing and not allow it to terminate on myself but to share that blessing with others.