Confess Jesus as Lord
Matthew 11:1-19: Jesus’ teaching and work begin to attract lots of attention. Christ, having finished his instructions to his disciples, departs to preach in different towns. John sends two of his disciples to Jesus to inquire whether he was the Christ. Jesus sends a reply, and then speaks to the crowd about John.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 11:5
“The blind can see, the lame can walk, those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are brought back to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor.”
1 When Jesus finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he left that place and went off to teach and preach in the towns near there. 2 When John the Baptist heard in prison about the things that Christ was doing, he sent some of his disciples to him. 3 “Tell us,” they asked Jesus, “are you the one John said was going to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus answered, “Go back and tell John what you are hearing and seeing: 5 the blind can see, the lame can walk, those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are brought back to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor. 6 How happy are those who have no doubts about me! ” 7 While John's disciples were leaving, Jesus spoke about him to the crowds: “When you went out to John in the desert, what did you expect to see? A blade of grass bending in the wind? 8 What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in fancy clothes? People who dress like that live in palaces! 9 Tell me, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes indeed, but you saw much more than a prophet. 10 For John is the one of whom the scripture says: “God said, I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.” 11 I assure you that John the Baptist is greater than anyone who has ever lived. But the one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than John. 12 From the time John preached his message until this very day the Kingdom of heaven has suffered violent attacks, and violent men try to seize it. 13 Until the time of John all the prophets and the Law of Moses spoke about the Kingdom; 14 and if you are willing to believe their message, John is Elijah, whose coming was predicted. 15 Listen, then, if you have ears! 16 Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, 17 “We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!” 18 When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, “He has a demon in him!” 19 When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, “Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!” God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results. ”
Reread verse 2. The Jewish people believed that God would choose and give power to a leader who would renew the faith of the people and fulfill God’s purposes for them. Why did John ask if Jesus was this leader? Why do you think Jesus replied the way he did?
Lord Jesus, you bring healing, hope, and abundance to all who are in need. Empower your people to work for you in the world, serving the sick, the poor, and all who are in despair. Amen.