Monday, March 30, 2009

Matthew 11

This chapter begins with a eulogy of John the Baptist. John is in prison and sends his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the one they have been expecting. Jesus tells them to tell John all of the miraculous things he has done (Healing the blind, lame, lepers, deaf, raising the dead) and the preaching of the good news to the poor.

Jesus then turns to the crowd and tells about the greatness of John the Baptist. He is the fulfillment of prophecy from Malachi 3:1 (the messenger who will prepare the way). He also comments that John was rejected just as He will be. That John abstained from eating and drinking...and they say he had a demon. Jesus came eating and drinking and they call him a glutton and a drunk.

Jesus continues with condemning the cities he has performed miracles in for their lack of repentance. If Sidon and Tyre...Sodom and Gomorrah had seen such things they would have repented. The judgement on theses cities will be greater than that of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus was rejected even after seeing his miraculous deeds which could only be from God.

The chapter ends with Jesus revealing the message of the Gospel. No one knows the Father except the Son and those he chooses to reveal Him to. We can find rest for our weary souls if we just turn our burden over to Jesus.

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