Christ: God’s Answer to Our Confusion, Disappointments—from Matthew 11:1-15
What have you expected from life, from God, that has not come about? Which seemingly certain, yet unfilled promises of God have deflated your hope and attacked your faith? What is the answer to doubts fueled by confusion and suffering? The answer, not to be trite, is Jesus: trusting Him, His timing, letting His Word redefine your expectations. Look at what He has done, hear what He says and learn to lean on Him when doubts arise. Let’s turn our ears to Jesus, in Matthew 11:1-15 (vs. 1-6 on Vine front).
7-10 “As these men were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? See, those who wear soft clothes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:
See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.
11-15 “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you’re willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come. Let anyone who has ears listen.” (Matthew 11:7-15 –CSB)
Direct your Despair-driven Doubts to Jesus
Yes, He is God’s Promised Christ, and Savior! (vs. 1-6)
Jesus’ Message and Ministry Validate His Messiahship (cf. Luke 7:18-35)
John: “I’m in jail and You’re doing . . .? Are You the One?” (vs. 1-3; Luke 24:21)
Jesus: “Look at the validating signs” (vs. 4-6; Isaiah 35:5, 6; John 20:30, 31)
Listen to my hope-filled message (Isaiah 61:1-3; Psalm 118:26; John 6:14)