Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Go tell John

The Book of Matthew is filled with miracles.  Jesus heals the lepers.  He raises a young girl from the dead.  He heals the centurions servant.  He calms the storm on the Sea of Galilee.  He removes the demons from the demon-possessed man and sends them into the herd of pigs.  He cures the bleeding woman he touches the hem of his garment.  He heals the blind and the crippled.  He gives hearing to the deaf and the heals the mute.  The signs and wonders are so abundant that great crowds follow him everywhere.  "Nothing like this has every been seen."

Remember that Matthew writes to the Jews and tries to help them to understand that Jesus is the Messiah, he who was prophesied in the Old Testament.  Isaiah said of the one who was to come in 35:2b-6, "they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.   Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the kness 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."

Matthew 11, John the Baptist is imprisoned and will be killed by Herod.  He wants to know and sends his disciples to inquire of Jesus, "are you the one?"  Jesus replies, "Go tell John; the blind can see, the lame can walk, the deaf can hear, the mute can talk, the good news is preached to the poor."  Without directly answering John's question, Jesus says, "yes, I am the one."  Every Jew educated in the synagogue will know the prophecy........the question is, then and now, will you believe that God has come and that he will come again. 

What say you......is Jesus the one who can cause your heart to sing?  Is he the one who can cause you to see beyond the moment and into eternity?  Is he the one to whom you will pledge your allegiance?  Is he the one or are you waiting for another?

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