John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah as a man. The apostles were sent to prepare the way for the Messiah as God. (Luke 1:16-17)
John the Baptist preached repentance. The apostles preached repentance. (Luke 1:16)
John the Baptist was preparing a people for the Lord. The apostles were preparing a people for the Lord. (Luke 1:17; Titus 2:14)
Those who did not believe and act upon John’s message did not recognize the Messiah when He came as a man (i.e. Jesus of Nazareth). Those who did not believe and act upon the apostles’ message did not recognize the Messiah when He came as God (the resurrected and glorified Jesus).
Those who did believe and act upon John’s message were gathered by Jesus as His flock of disciples. Those who did believe and act upon the apostles’ message were gathered by the glorified Jesus as His flock of disciples (the kingdom of God). (Isaiah 40:10-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 1 Peter 5:4)
John the Baptist showed no jealousy when his disciples left him to follow the Lord. The apostles likewise were making disciples for the Lord, not for themselves.
As John was martyred in the course of his ministry, so also the apostles were martyred in the course of their ministry (thus the apostles did not live quite long enough to demonstrate that they would not have been jealous because of disciples leaving the church for the Lord’s kingdom; on the contrary, they would only have been bothered by disciples who did not discern the Lord’s appearance).
As John downplayed his own role and magnified the Lord, so the apostles downplayed their own roles and magnified the Lord.
The Lord establishes patterns, and those who know His patterns follow Him.
Blessed be the God of John the Baptist and the apostles of Jesus!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.