John 1:29-31

Jesus, by his example, showed us that no task is beneath us. Too often, pride can get us thinking we don’t need to do something because someone else ought to be doing it. That “it” varies, but we’ve all thought this way. And we’re dead wrong.

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” – John 1:29-31, ESV

Jesus was and is without sin. We are reminded of that in multiple places in the Scriptures. If anyone didn’t need baptism, it was Jesus. However, because He expected baptism of us, He underwent baptism by John. John, of course, responded as we might have: he told Jesus that Jesus wasn’t the one who needed baptism, John did (Matthew 3:13-15). Yet Jesus told John it was good and proper for Him to be baptized.

We see in the Gospel of John that this wasn’t a preplanned event. John was called to preach repentance and offer baptism as a voluntary act of that repentance, but he didn’t know he would be baptizing the Christ. However, Jesus participated in baptism. 

Jesus also worked with mud. He dealt with lepers and society’s pariahs. And right before His death, he washed the feet of His disciples after they bickered amongst themselves over who should be first in the coming Kingdom. It was an excellent object lesson, one which wasn’t lost on them and one which shouldn’t be lost of us. 

Don’t worry about being center stage. Don’t fret over big roles versus small ones. As far as Christ is concerned, every role is important. Every task is important. Whatever you are called to do, it matters to the Kingdom of God. If nothing is beneath our Savior, then nothing is beneath us, either. 


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