Monday, January 3, 2022
John the Baptizer
11 When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages.
2-3 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”
4-6 Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on:
The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side.
“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”
-Matthew 11:1-6 The Message
11 Verse 1: When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Verse 2: Now while in prison, John heard about the works of Christ, and he sent word by his disciples,
Verse 3: and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or are we to look for someone else?”
Verses 2-3 studies: Herod put John the Baptist in prison. John called him out on his sin, which may be marrying his sister-in-law (14:3-5), and Herod didn’t like John calling him out.
Verse 4: Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:
Verse 5: Those blind receive sight and those who limp walk, those with leprosy are cleansed and those who are deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Verse 6: And blessed is any person who does not take offense at Me.”
Verses 4-6 studies: Do you doubt if Jesus is the Messiah? John did; he sat in prison and wondered if he was supposed to warn people about the Messiah (3:3), then what was he doing in prison? Why wasn’t he out preaching to the crowds, preparing hearts of those of the Messiah’s coming?
John turned to Jesus’ miracles. Instead of questioning, Jesus reminded him of acts of healing. The blind, lepers cured, lame and deaf, raising the dead and preaching the gospel to the poor. There is so much evidence of Jesus’ identity, John can’t doubt it, and it’s obvious. Take some time and go over your salvations and struggles. Think about your sins, the forgiveness of them, and how God has worked in your life. Look at the evidence of what he has done in your life and through Scripture. Then, when you think about it and start doubting again, don’t turn away from Christ; turn to him.
Matthew 7:28; Matthew 9:35; Luke 23:5
Mark 6:17; Luke 9:7
Psalm 118:26; John 6:14; 11:27; Hebrews 10:37
Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 8:3; 12:13; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18
Matthew 5:29; 13:57; 24:10; 26:31; Mark 6:3; John 6:61; 16:1
Father, we get caught up in things that we are blind to what you can do in our lives. I pray we can turn to you when things get rough. It is easy to get sidetracked and think about all the bad and not what you can do. Let us memorize the miracles and works you have done in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.