» John's greatness lay in the office he filled.
» His greatness lay in the subject he dealt with: repentance and preparing the way for Christ.
» His greatness lay in the manner in which he did it, that is, in humility, calling no attention to himself, and voluntarily receding into the background when the Messiah appeared (John 3:30).
» His greatness lay in performing his function with great zeal.
» His greatness lay in his personal attributes of character as being above reproach in terms of sin, self-denial, and manner of life. He was courageous in the face of opposition.
» His greatness lay in doing his service for his entire life. His whole life, from the womb, was devoted to God. John was "the crown" of the Old Testament prophets.
» His greatness lay in the number and the greatness of his sacrifices, including his life in martyrdom.