“look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” – John 3:26
Jesus and His disciples travelled to an area called Salim, located along the Jordan River. John the Baptist was at the same place, baptising people on the other side of the Jordan River. An argument developed between John’s disciples and another Jewish man. We aren’t certain what it was about, but the end result was that John’s disciples came back to John and questioned what Jesus was doing.
They told John, “that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan — the one you testified about — well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” You see, these men were loyal followers of John the Baptist. Now this new guy comes into town and they didn’t like it one bit. To them, it was competition. If you owned a store and it was the only one of its kind in town, and suddenly someone else opened a competing store, you may not be very excited about it.
Notice how John’s disciples referred to Jesus. They don’t call Him by name (Jesus), nor do they refer to Him as the Messiah, even though that is how John referred to Him. Instead, they speak of Jesus as “the one who was with you, … the one you testified about.” I think they actually came to resent who Jesus was.
We sometimes also fail in this area. We love to see our church grow, but when we don’t get the attention we think we deserve we often get upset. John answered his disciples in a wise way. “It’s not about me, it’s all about Him”. If only we would live our lives that Jesus get’s all the praise.