How to Face Self Serving Pride

In John 1:19-28, the Jews send a group to interrogate John the Baptist, who is experiencing remarkable success in his ministry. They ask three questions and he issues three denials. His answers to their questions make it clear that John’s only motive is to point to Jesus Christ. He cares nothing for himself. John helps us to face our self-serving pride which hinders the work of God… our desires for the praises of men, our prayers to be exalted, our demands for our own ways, and our hope to receive the honor for ourselves. Instead, John points away from himself and calls his interrogators to look to the Lamb of God for everything.