Second Fiddle

Matthew 3:11-12.”I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (italics mine)

John was under no illusions as to his own position in the story of Jesus.  He was a prophet, not a redeemer.  It was his job to warn the people, to call them to repentance, to clear the way for the appearance of Jesus as He began His public ministry.  He knew Who Jesus was.  He never for one moment assumed that he himself was the primary figure in this drama. 

Have you ever played second fiddle?  Most of us have, probably many times over the course of our lives.  I heard a wise preacher say, once, that he loved playing second fiddle because those who do so are the ones who provided the harmony.  

When I was in elementary school, I was a wannabe soprano. I always loved to sing, and I didn’t understand yet that you don’t always get to –or have to–sing the melody.  It opened a whole new, and very exciting, world to me when I began to hear harmony in my head, and allow my voice to follow what my ear was telling me.  What fun to sing the second or third part!  That started when I was about eight.  Later, I had the privilege of singing in many ensembles, choirs, duets, and trios.  And now and then I even got to sing the melody, but it was much more fun to harmonize.  Second fiddle can be a very sweet position. 

That was John’s position, and I believe he treasured it.  I believe he felt great honor and at the same time great humility to be the forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ; it was his honor to prepare the way for the King of Kings! 

4 thoughts on “Second Fiddle

  1. I am blog catching up as happens on the weekends it seems. I remember those days when you and Marilyn sang with me. It always amazed me how good you could make me sound! John the Baptist certainly knew how to put himself in the right position with Jesus. Love his attitude: He must increase. I must decrease.


  2. I think what makes a good trio is that no one voice sounds better alone than it does in the group 🙂 You sounded just fine–I loved singing with you and Marilyn. And with Margie and Marie, and Sandy and Nancy, and I don’t know how many others. Good times.


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