John the Baptist accepts Jesus’ popularity
John’s disciples told him that Jesus was growing in popularity. John approved.
Key passages
Jn 3:23–36

Now John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and they were coming and were being baptized. (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) So a dispute occurred on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew concerning purification. And they came to John …