God’s Perspective changes everything

John the Baptist was facing an imminent death in prison.

This was a difficult time for John…

Matthew 11: 1 – 15

Anytime from this moment in time, John the Baptist was going to go through a cruel execution…

This is the same John who had been preaching to multitudes… Had baptized many… Preparing the way for the Messiah…

It appears as if the picture that John had presented in public regarding the Messiah was in contrast to what Jesus was doing at this point in time, and was contradictory to the expectations and anticipations that the Jews had. As a consequence, the Baptist was dealing with doubt and difficult questions…

He therefore sought an answer from Jesus…

An answer from Jesus would suffice…

It is in this state that he sends his disciples to Jesus…

Jesus’ response is astounding…

 “Go report to John what you hear and see: the blind see and the lame walk, those with leprosy are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them..” Matt 11:4-5

Jesus adds that “Blessed is the one who is not led to stumble because of me.” This looks like a tender rebuke to John the Baptist who was having doubts.

It is here that the master’s love for his momentarily confused disciple is on full display,

And Jesus immediately begins to endorse the ministry of John the Baptist…

John is in prison, in doubt, and having questions regarding the authenticity of his message…

His Master, The Lord Jesus Christ takes time to authenticate his ministry Matt 11:7 -15

John is not only a prophet but more than a prophet…

…because he not only prophesied but also was the Messiah’s forerunner, he was himself the prophesied forerunner of the Christ…

He is greater than anyone else born of women… – He was the introducer of Christ – and that role is indeed great!

“…yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force…” – because the ministry of John the Baptist served as an opening, an introduction of the greater ministry of Jesus Christ… and through Jesus Christ men and women could now access the Kingdom of Heaven – everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will now access the kingdom of God… As such they are more privileged because they are in touch with the Messiah Himself… (See Matt 13:16-17).

The violent men and women could take the kingdom of heaven… Violent because they had to resist the opinions that were against the message of John the Baptist and the ministry of Jesus Christ…

The Authority that Jesus exudes in the manner in which he handles the doubts of John the Baptist is profound…

Here, Jesus is not only authenticating his servant John the Baptist, but also announcing Himself as The Messiah,

He is pointing at His Divinity and His position as the prophesied Messiah. This is The Savior of the world, full of compassion, mercy and love…

He is The healer of the brokenhearted and the crippled, deliverer of captives, restorer of sight to the blind, liberator of them that are bruised, the one that came to preach the acceptable year of The Lord, the one who cleanses lepers, the preacher of the gospel to the poor…

John needed the perspective of Jesus Christ regarding what he was going through…

At his moment of doubt, during this time when he had a quest for reassurance, John needed to hear from His Master again…

I don’t know what question you have for Jesus today,

It could be a desire for his affirmation, or for His approval, or for salvation…

It could be a sinful situation…

…or a doubtful situation,

Your prayer is that Jesus may hear you and send help to you right now…

I charge you to talk to Jesus Christ today…

Express your doubts and needs to him today…

…your need for forgiveness, salvation, healing, reassurance…

I pray that you will hear His voice of assurance,

…his tender love,

His corrective voice…

Amen

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