Signs and Wonders
Lord Jesus, I gladly confess today, with Peter, that “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).
Read LUKE 7:18-35
 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them,  he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”  When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'”  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.  So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: 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.  Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”  After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?  If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.  But what 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: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’  I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”  (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John.  But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)  “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?  They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’  For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘  But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow did Jesus answer the question of John’s disciples?
A young woman, recently returned from a mission school in Mozambique had seen many miracles of healing like those in today’s passage (21). Many of us don’t really expect to see that kind of thing today, though, do we? Sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction.
John the Baptist certainly needed that. In prison for offending Herod (3:20), he still hears what Jesus is up to (18). He ponders, is this the Messiah, the expected one? (19)? Jesus tells the messengers to report the miracles they have seen (22). We can talk about our faith until we’re blue in the face, but it has to be our lives that reveal God. That’s even more reason to adopt Jesus’ teaching about lifestyle.
The people aren’t eager to do that. They always find something to criticize. John is wrong because he fasts, Jesus because he eats (33,34). Jesus’ detractors miss the nitty-gritty of Jesus’ message. We, too, must not only focus on the superficial. If we’re not seeing God at work, in ourselves and in others, perhaps we have some hard questions to face.
Do you know someone who is struggling to make sense of the claims of Jesus? Pray for their eyes to be opened.
Lord Jesus, I know who You are and I want to be able to help others to know You as Lord, too. Help me to do that.
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