7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written:
“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
John, the son of Zechariah & Elizabeth, was the greatest prophet that ever lived. He baptized Jesus. He recognized Jesus while he was still in Elizabeth’s womb. He was not afraid of anyone. He was killed for confronting sin in the twisted life of his king.
If you consider yourself to be the greatest servant the King of Heaven has or if you think you are the least, you are still greater than John. Even if you really are the least.
The prophets and the law prophesied until John. Now, it’s our turn to prophesy. It’s our turn to be great. When the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest, Jesus didn’t rebuke them for wanting to be the greatest. He corrected their standard about how to measure greatness. He told them how to win the competition.