10/12/2018 — Matthew Chapter 11
Isaiah 35: 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 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.” 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 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: 5 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. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”