Reading: Matthew 11:1-19
“Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (v.3)
At some point in his life and ministry, John the Baptist doubted. It is a situation not unfamiliar to us. The daily grind, persecution, loneliness; when it seems like we’re not achieving anything, and we begin to doubt where all our efforts will lead.
But Jesus reminds and assures us—firstly, of who He is. Secondly, of what He has already accomplished.
Who else could He be?
“The blind receive sight,
the lame walk,
those who have leprosy are cured,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the good news is preached to the poor” (v.5).
And we have the same commission. And the same signs should follow us. Those were Jesus’ last words before He ascended back to heaven.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear” (vv.12-15).
My friend, as foretold by the Prophets–Jesus is the Messiah that was to come. He is the fulfilment of the Law—we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and for that the Law calls for our punishment—but Jesus took upon himself our sins and the punishment we deserved. Thus, on the cross, He said “it is finished.” He ransomed us so we could begin to serve in his kingdom—and that kingdom has been forcefully advancing when the Saviour came to earth as a man—we cannot afford to miss it!
“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’” – Luke 24:45-49
Father, thank you for loving me and for your deep desire for me to belong to your family. Thank you for sending your one and only Son to redeem me, it must have hurt you a lot. Jesus, thank you for laying down your life for me—the greatest sacrifice made for me, the greatest love I have received. Thank you because I now have the privilege of being called the King’s friend, or sister. Thank you for sending me your Holy Spirit, who enables and empowers me to do what pleases you.
Come, Lord Jesus!