Under the Radar
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley | October 20, 2013This week I want to address the profound statement of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
It is very obvious that John the Baptist knew nothing about radar screens. Yet he seemed to adopt the principle involved as his philosophy for life.
He says, in the words of the text, “He (Jesus) must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.” But Jesus said of him, “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.”
The key to his life was the fact that he decided to take the low road of humility. The religious leaders came out to him and asked him, “Who art thou?”
He did not say, “I am the founder and president of the Jordan river Baptist Movement.” Rather, he said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
He did not become his own press agent. He flew below the radar screen. When questioned about whether he might be Jesus, he said, “I am not worthy to even untie his shoes”.
The scribes and Pharisees lived by a different philosophy. Matthew 23:5 says, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men”.
They wanted the best seats at feasts and in the synagogues. I came by to tell you today, that Jesus should always be on the radar screen of our lives, and we should be under the radar, so he can pick us up when we fall and not we ourselves.