“For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” - Luke 7:28
John the Baptist came as a forerunner of the Lord Jesus. For 400 years there had been no prophetic witness. Then John the Baptist came proclaiming repentance and baptizing in preparation for the coming of the Lord Jesus. He was bold and fearless. He said of Jesus “He must increase and I must decrease”.
Prophets had come and gone who were highly revered in the sight of men, such as Elijah, Jeremiah and Isaiah, but Jesus says that John was greater than all the prophets who had gone before him. In the kingdom of God, however, there is recognition of the greater and lesser.
John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets; he was, in fact, an Old Testament saint. He was part of the Old Covenant, which would pass away with the coming of the Lord Jesus and the establishment of a New Covenant.
Entering the kingdom of God would be by repentance, being baptized in water and baptized in the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist would not, therefore, be part of this new order. Those who would be considered least in the kingdom would be greater than John the Baptist: John was not born again as those who would be after the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
We should thank God again today for the wonderful privilege that we have of being born again and that we can enter into the kingdom through the new birth.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the awesome privilege of being in Your kingdom and the marvelous experience of the new birth.