He Must Increase

John 3:22-30

[22] After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. [23] John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and the people were coming and being baptized. [24] (for John had not yet been put in prison) [25] Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. [26] And they came to John and said ┬áto him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness – look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” [27] John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. [28] You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, “I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.” [29] The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at a bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. [30] He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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