by: Bob Coches
One of the verses I have read many times did not reveal its true meaning to me until quite recently. In truthfulness “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 15b) took awhile for me to comprehend and eventually sparked a greater understanding of Luke 7:28, which this lesson is really about.
Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
A few years ago a guest speaker shared that Luke 7:28 spoke of John the Baptist as the final prophet of the Old Testament. Jesus described John as being the greatest prophet since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve being the only Old Testament humans not born of a woman.
In my mind that was quite an honor for John to be so recognized by Jesus. However I still struggled with the concept of “he that is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” I needed some Holy Spirit help to understand how the least in the kingdom could be greater than John. My mind kept rejecting this.
The Lord is always patient with me and eventually a divine spark connects the dots for that eureka moment when it all makes sense. Jesus brought the long awaited kingdom to rescue the human race from destruction.(Psalm103:4)
John 3:3 tells us that we cannot see the kingdom of God unless we are born again. We could not be born again until Jesus shed his blood on the cross. Jesus is truly the door to the kingdom of God. Jesus therefore birthed the New Testament in his blood.
Even after I began to grasp this revelatory truth, the concept overwhelms me continually. Jesus is literally declaring that anyone born again into the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. Wondering if it is possible for the human brain to grasp the power of the blood of Jesus?
Matthew 28:18 declares that all power in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. John 14:12-14 declares that all the things that Jesus performed on the earth, we as his disciples, will do also and even greater things.
This truth also reveals that the office of a prophet has changed in the New Testament which is another lesson to pursue.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
This is a lot to ponder and digest and meditate upon.