I have been thinking about this passage a lot lately. John the Baptist’s followers are upset because Jesus is new on the scene and is getting more disciples than John.
To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, “I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him. The bride belings to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens to him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.