The G.O.A.T.

The G.O.A.T.

I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! – Matthew 11:11

John 1:6-8

 6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,

 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

Throughout history, a very small group of people have been identified in their area of expertise as the G.O.A.T. They are the Greatest of All Time in their field. Most often, the acronym G.O.A.T. is used in praise of exceptional athletes, musicians, entertainers, coaches, writers, composers, politicians, and other public figures. On social media, it is common to see the goat emoji used to represent the acronym.

Many believe that Bill Belichick deserves most of the credit for the Patriots’ dynasty. Could he have done it without Tom Brady? Perhaps, but in fact, he did not. In 2021, Tom Brady made his 10th Super Bowl start. Brady accomplished more at the highest level than any other quarterback in NFL history. He is the G.O.A.T.

Across the spectrum of human achievement, a few of the many names that stand out are: Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Caesar, Cleopatra, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Paganini, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Liane B. Russell, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Jerry Rice, Wayne Gretzky, Lisa Leslie, Carl Lewis, Michael Jordan, Wilma Rudolph, Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Bo Jackson, Pele, Roger Federer, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, etc.

When it comes to the Scriptures a few men and women have been recognized as special: Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, Daniel, Esther, David, John the apostle, and Paul the apostle. Many of the Old Testament exceptional individuals are found chronicled in the Hebrews 11. But who is the G.O.A.T.? The Lord Jesus Christ unequivocally stated that there was no one greater than John the Baptist. He is the greatest person of all time.

Matthew 11:11 I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.

John the Baptist was totally sold out and committed to fulfilling the Father’s purpose for his life. He gave up everything that people normally consider important. He lived a harsh, solitary existence in the desert. He did not enjoy the simple pleasures of conventional human companionship, “normal” food, and clothes. In many ways, he was very strange and unusual. Undoubtedly, he would not be readily welcomed in our homes or churches. He was a severe, ascetic outlier.

Mark 1:6 His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.

Luke 7:33 For John the Baptist did not spend his time eating bread or drinking wine

John was chosen for the greatest of all missions. He was chosen to be the forerunner, the herald of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 16:16 Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in.

During his period of solitude, John grew mighty in his spirit. He is the only person in the Scriptures identified as such. This is when John was prepared by the Father to carry out his mission.

Luke 1:80 John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father alone is in control and guides the destiny of each of us. No one can receive anything unless the Father gives it from heaven (John 3:27). Once we settle this for ourselves, we can be serenely peaceful that we are under the loving care and infinite mind of the Father.

Father John the Baptist was the greatest of all men. Make me mighty in spirit that I will fulfill the mission You have for me.

INSIGHT

At the right time, the Father brought John on the scene to begin.

John 1:6-8

 6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,

 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

Matthew 3:1-12

 1 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was,

 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

 3 The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

 5 People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.

 6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

 11 “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am – so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

For a short period, John the Baptist was the center of attention. His job was to work himself out of a job. At the right time, the Lord Jesus Christ came. He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world, the Lamb of God, and the Father’s ultimate spokesperson. John gladly passed the torch to Him and receded off center stage.

John 3:30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

John understood clearly that he was merely the forerunner sent to announce the main attraction. When the Lord Jesus Christ appeared, John stepped aside.

John 3:28-31

 28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’

 29 It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.

 31 “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.

John understood a very important Biblical truth and lived it out. The Father is in control and provides tasks, abilities, skills, and strength to perform whatever He calls children of the King to perform.

John 3:27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.

Matthew 21:32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live.

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