He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”
They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.
Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;
As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.