Matthew – God’s Purposes
Matthew 11 journey
Do we sometimes doubt who we are and why we do what we do? Do we sit in a prison of wondering if what we have grown to know is real? Do we falter in our faith when rough times beat us down. We are humans and this happens. However, we of faith in Jesus Christ look up from this prison of wondering to all that God as for us and the environment of our wondering transforms. We begin to look at Who HE is and remember all that He has done, is doing and will do for us, in us and through us. Our hope is restored, no matter what life is doing to us here on earth. Better days are coming.
Is this what was going through John the Baptist’s mind as he sat in a jail cell after completing the mission God gave him? Is his memory fading? Is his hope failing as he sits in the dark contemplating what will happen next to him? Why does he, who prepared the way for Jesus, the Messiah, now wonder if Jesus is “the one”? We wonder why he wonders.
Then we remember our own doubts that come when we are pressed against a wall of disappointment, hurt, arrogance by those who don’t believe, betrayal, physical pain and misplaced trust. If we admit it, as John did, we sometimes wonder if we are following the right Person. We wonder if we are doing what we do for all the right reasons. Satan loves our doubt and stirs our minds with replays of past hurts. Do we fall for that? Is that our story?
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Jesus tells those John sent for verification, to tell John the results of his ministry. “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen…” Jesus tells them to tell HIS story which is part of John’s story. Can you imagine the hope that John’s friends and disciples gives to John? John, the prophet probably knows he is going to die for preaching God’s truth. He has ruffled the feathers of those in power who are manipulating and callous over the people they lead. John probably wants to know, wants to be assured. before he dies, if it was all worth it. Jesus words are perfect for John who needs to know for sure.
Jesus does this for us when we falter in our faith on the bad days of life here on earth. Our journey is sometimes harder than we imagined but then Jesus comes with power to help us, through His Holy Spirit, and speaks words of hope with compassionate love to our hurting hearts. He comforts our souls and fills our minds with memories of all that he brought us through in the past. Sometimes Jesus uses his people to speak just the right words of encouragement to us which lifts our heads to focus on Him once more. It’s HIS story of love, mercy and grace through His salvation and restoration!
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine…is the song we sing.
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood
We are in the middle of our mission here in Bolivia. The work for us has been harder than we imagined at times but the blessings of God, our Father have been greater still. This blessed assurance by Jesus’ Holy Spirit has come to encourage us in many ways. We told our story of how Jesus transformed us and invited us to his work years ago and is still inviting us to a couple of missionaries last night who invited us to their table for a delicious dinner. We heard their story of how Jesus works through them to reach kids who are on the streets of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We were all lifted and encouraged telling HIS story in us…all because of the blessed assurance of Jesus.
Jesus is the ONE and only who came to save us from our sin….and doubts. ALL of us.
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
Matthew 11, NLT
Jesus and John the Baptist
11 When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.
2 John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 6 And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”
7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? 8 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. 9 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. 10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
and he will prepare your way before you.’
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11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! 12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it. 13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. 14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. 15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
16 “To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,
17 ‘We played wedding songs,
and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
and you didn’t mourn.’
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you. Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do in our lives. Thank you for saving us and making us whole. Thank you for continuing to encourage us and transform us to be and do all that you created us to be. Keep us close to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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