December 15, 2019

Joy: Go and Tell John

Passage: Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist is in jail and he is asking questions.  The questions seem to arise, not out of belief, but from doubt.  If Jesus is God's Messiah, God's answer to what's wrong with the world, the promised Redeemer come among us, then why does the world look so unredeemed?  The Romans are still in power.  There has been no massive military move against the oppressors, to say nothing about the continuing presence of sin, suffering, death and injustice.  Jesus appears to respond to John's questions by pointing to his public activity that can be seen and heard:  "Go and tell John what you hear and see."  Jesus tells John and his disciples to look and to listen.

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