The taste of disillusionment is bitter, and few there are who have not experienced it at some point in life, for God often behaves in ways that puzzle us. His infrangible decrees leave us breathless and wondering, and while it’s our default to view New Testament characters as cardboard cutouts, it’s clear that even though they had a flesh-and-blood Jesus standing in their presence, they experienced the same doubts and questions we bump into in this following life.
John the Baptist comes across larger than life. Dressed in skins and living off the land, he had his cousin pegged as deity even in the womb. When all the home town folks were still scratching their heads over Jesus’s words and ways, John shouted out his true focus: ““Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John the Baptist was relentless in his mission of preparing the world for a Messiah.
However, one thing is certain; John had not planned on ending his life in Herod’s prison. When word reached him there about the healing and miraculous deliverance Jesus was working–all that he, himself, was missing–Matthew records his puzzlement. Had he misunderstood Jesus’s agenda?
“Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
Notice that Jesus was not offended by this line of questioning. Instead, he reassured John with visual evidence that he was indeed the Messiah :
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them”
(Matthew 11:4 ,5).
See and Hear, Go and Tell
On this side of the cross, we see clearly what John the Baptist merely trusted for in shadows, and even today, “the kingdom presses ahead relentlessly, and only the relentless press their way into it” (Matthew 11:12).
The relentless see.
The relentless look at what is visible and, by faith, connect the dots all the way to Good News about a kingdom that is strong and unshakeable.
Therefore, in this particular moment, I will see and love the curl of steam from my morning tea, the worn pages of my well-loved Bible, the comfortable rhythm of nachos for Saturday night supper, and the vivid yellow of daffodils standing strong against spring downpours.
My words here at Living Our Days are one means by which I “go and tell” the things which I hear and see. Today, I invite you to join in the seeing and the hearing–and in the telling! I look forward to reading your observations in the comments below!
Relentlessly pressing into the kingdom,
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