John announced: Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. [Mark 1:7 NLT]
I think that the first step towards recognizing the Messiah is always a sense that there is One who is greater than you are. It is a simple but complex matter. Simple because it is a somewhat binary acknowledgement. Complex because one must often reject every messianic image that they ever had.
The Jews, John included, recognized that the Messiah would be a great leader. What they had difficulty doing is understanding the type of leader that he would be. Consequently many did not see Jesus as the Messiah. These who expected a warrior king could not accept a compassionate servant leader.
Help us Lord to see past what our eyes can see. Open up our inner eyes that we might see you.
... this devotion is part of a series about John the Baptist.