They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan – the one you testified about – well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.
Jealousy is a terrible thing in the Christian church. These Jews were hoping to foment jealousy between John and Jesus. We see it all the time. People who want their work in arranging the flowers, or playing the guitar, or leading the service to be noticed and appreciated more than someone else’s service.
We should remember that all our righteousness is as dirty rags and that that no-one can compete with or repay Jesus.