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The Isenheim Altarpiece, detail, St. John the Baptist is on the right.  The text behind him is, Ilum oportet crescere me autem minui, Vulgate Translation, John 3:30:  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

“Be as upright and holy as you want, you can never be as holy as John; fast and pray as long and as much as you want, we do not forbid you this. However, do this too: cast all your holiness at the feet of Christ, confessing that with it you will not gain heaven; and say, with all my holiness I would gladly be the least; all my good works and honorable living are as worn-out shoes compared to the sublime, pure, perfect, and great righteousness which our dear Lord Christ has merited for us by His suffering and death.”

From Pr. Martin Luther’s Sermon on John the Baptist, St. Matthew 11:2—15

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