Luke 7:28 “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he”
I never really understood this verse until someone explained to me the difference between the old and the new dispensation of God’s kingdom. In the old dispensation (or covenant, testament or “contract”) God’s kingdom of righteousness could only be entered by fulfilling certain legal requirements, such as the sacrificing of animals and the washing of the body. Only certain people were allowed to come near into the “holy of holies” – the High Priests – and that once a year.
But in the new covenant, all who have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice can come near. It is by far a better covenant (read the book of Hebrews for more on this). We can all come near into God’s presence.
John was the last of the “old” prophets, and the greatest of them. Yet he was bound to the old dispensation still. Since Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit, things are different. In the “new” times even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John, since we are building on his shoulders.
Times have changed.