John the Baptist was a famous man in his days. Many people thought he was the Messiah. Others thought he might be a prophet. Others didn’t care, they just knew he was very spiritual and they looked up to him as a mentor. In fact, these men were called John’s “disciples.”
But let’s see what happened in those days…
First, we know that John NEVER claimed to be Jesus:
John testified about him [Jesus] when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” – John 1:15
He [John] came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” – John 1:20
But let’s look at what happened shortly thereafter…
35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. – John 1:35-37
Ok, so now what, you ask? Simply put, STOP “idolizing” that pastor or priest that you look up to becuase he is so “spiritual,” and start following Jesus. Following a person and being discipled by them is GREAT, but in the end, you need to be in a relationship with Jesus. God needs to be the one discipling you and teaching you. Religion won’t save you, that religious leader can’t save you, and be no means will a “feel good” preacher make you feel good in eternity.
Follow God in everything you do. Open your eyes, your ears, and your heart to the only truth there is: Jesus
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
In case there are any questions, the answer is simple: Jesus. The ONLY way, the ONLY truth, the ONLY life, the only way to Heaven!