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Meet the Bible Cast: John the Baptist

More of You, less of me

It is to You I point, You I desire

I am not worthy for You to die on a tree

Your words alone can set me free

You baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire

More of You, less of me

A leader of disciples some will see

To others my life in the wilderness is satire

I am not worthy for You to die on a tree

Let my faith not whither as the fig tree

For the size of a mustard seed is all you require

More of You, less of me

Me, You ask, immerse you in the sea?

Surely such a task shall backfire

I am not worthy for You to die on a tree

Forgive these harlots, hear my plea

Even when my situation seems dire

More of You, less of me

I am not worthy for You to die on a tree

“He’s a peculiar one,” many would comment, laughing at his clothing made of camel’s hair. His food consisted of locusts and wild honey. He thrived in the destitution of the wilderness.

A man born to a woman past her prime and to a father who lacked the faith of a mustard seed-what purpose could he serve?

A gateway?

A conduit?

A symbol?

Many began to wonder, Is this the Christ? But his own words quickly objected, instead calling himself a friend of the bridegroom who was sent ahead.

A baptism took place. The Father acknowledged His Son, opening a crevice between Heaven and Earth.

The friend spoke with boldness to any who stood near-common villagers to skeptic Pharisees. As time transpired, he moved from speaking in the wilderness to the palace of a king, his words landing him in a dungeon of certain ruination.

“Dance for me,” the king cried, thirsting to fill his hunger for power.

“Any gift will be yours,” he promised the pretty child.

The head of the peculiar bold man was given to her mother on a platter.

“There was no one greater than he,” Jesus proposed as He applauded his cousin’s humility. A soul full of strength, love, and the constant desire for “More of You, less of me.”

John 3:22-30:

"After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized (for John had not yet been put in prison).

Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. And they came to John and said to him, 'Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.'

John answered, 'A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.'"

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