John 3:29 “The bride belongs to the Bridegroom (Jesus). The friend who attends the Bridegroom waits and listens for Him, and is full of joy when he hears the Bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” (NIV)
As Christians, we belong to the bridegroom. John the Baptist’s disciples were struggling with John yielding his ministry to Jesus. John had no problem doing this because he understood what was required to experience God. In this short passage, John reveals three principles that can help take every Christian into the full joy of better knowing God.
John 3:30 lays the foundation: “He (Jesus) must become greater; I must become less.” (NIV) Every day is filled with hundreds of decisions. Many of these decisions involve making Jesus Lord, or the substance of that decision Lord. For whom do you live? To whom are you
“The friend who attends the bridegroom waits.” This one principle in the Christian life may be one of the easiest, yet hardest things, you do. We live in a society geared for action, decisiveness, and self-confidence. The Bible is our foundation, our truth, our sustenance. Our approach to the Bible is that we read it, think we conquer
The final principle is listening. You can make Jesus Lord and wait for Him, but will you obey Him when you hear Him? Obedience is the consummation of faith and the prelude to experiencing Christ. Jesus’ words in John 17:17-19 show the importance of listening to obey, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is
John 17:13-14 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of My joy within them. I have given them Your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.”
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