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John 3:22-36 The spiritual greatness of John the Baptist

My sermon notes from Sunday, June 4th  as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit



John 3:22-36 – The Spiritual Greatness of John the Baptist

 John the Baptist is leaving the scene as Jesus is becoming the key figure.  John is decreasing so that Jesus may increase.  Jesus himself claimed how great a man John the Baptist was.   He was great not because of all his worldly accomplishments, but rather because of his kingdom accomplishments.

What made him so great was that he was a humble servant that pointed people to the redeeming Savior.




He was a Servant

vv. 22-26 – He was Kingdom Focused


Up to this point, John the Baptist was doing everything that had been asked of him from his birth.  He was considered a great man because he knew he was born to fulfill a mission.  He was a man that keep his life focused on the Kingdom.



v. 27 – He knew all he had was been given to him by God and His Grace.


1 Cor. 3:1-9 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.


v. 28a – He knew he was not Christ


v. 28b – He knew he was sent on a mission


 v. 29 – He found his great joy in pointing people to Christ


v. 30 – He knew he must decrease and Jesus must increase



The Savior

v. 31 – He is from above and is above all


vv. 32-33 – Bears witness to truth


v. 34 – Sent by God, utters the words of God, and is God


vv. 35 – 36 – He is loved by the Father and has given all things unto His hand.

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