“John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.” John 1:26-27
The religious leaders just did not understand John the Baptist. They came asking who he was and what right did he have to be baptizing people. They wanted to know if John the Baptist was Elijah or the Messiah. They had studied the Old Testament but they just did not understand what John the Baptist was telling them. I don’t believe they wanted an answer. They just wanted him to go away. God was leading people to the ministry of John and they did not like that. It is amazing to me that when God starts to move, the people have to find some other reason for the movement than that God is in control. We all have our way that we think God should move and the way He should act. It seems that God never moves the way we want Him to move. God moves in the weak things of the world. Any good marketing person would not appoint John the Baptist to start a new movement. They would not hire him as the PR man. If you looked at John the Baptist, you would be asking yourself, why is this movement growing? It was growing because it was God’s plan. It seems in my life that I don’t understand God’s plan, but I have to accept it by faith and put my trust in God and His plan.
“This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)