Hello, John and Doves,I was reading the first chapter of the Gospel according to John,when I saw the following passage.
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”Why should we expect to do as much?It is written,"I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."Some of us are what I would say (speaking for myself), "talent challenged"--charitably speaking, of course. When I think, "challenged," I think of Zerubbabel, upon whom the responsibility of building the 2nd temple rested. It is written,
6So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
7“What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
8Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
10“Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
“(These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range throughout the earth.)”For a greater insight, see the commentaries at the bottom of this page:~Blessings,Mike