10/12/2018 — Matthew Chapter 11

Isaiah 35:   Strengthen the feeble hands,  steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts,  “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”  Then will the eyes of the blind be opened  and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer,  and the mute tongue shout for joy.  Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Sound familiar?  Of course these are the signs that Jesus just gave John’s disciples.  And I am sure that when they returned John recognized the source of and the fulfillment of this prophecy.  But a reality that has saddened me is that if John recognized these signs, so should the leaders of the Jews.  And this is another realization of how hardened they had allowed their hearts to become.

Matthew 11: 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

 

2 comments

  • katehefty

    As I read Matthew 11:4 (quoted above), I was picturing Jesus performing the miracles listed – resorting sight to the blind, making the lame walk,…and the final “miracle” of proclaiming the good news to the poor. Wait a minute! I certainly can’t perform the miracles Jesus did, but I can share in that last remarkable task of proclaiming the good news. It may not be worthy of being considered a miracle, but as those who learn to love as the Lord loves, the way we welcome those who society tends to reject becomes at the least remarkable. Praise God that He welcomes all of us – the poor, the sick, the needy. I pray that I do the same.

  • missliz

    I do believe they recognized Jesus for who he was but their pride did not allow them to accept him because their power would be diminished. While it was important to follow the Law and be obedient to the Father, attitude was and is everything. Walk humbly, show love and be of service where we can as we share the reason we are forever grateful… Jesus.

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