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The WHO of the Gospel

I ran into some red letters this morning—no big surprise there. It was right at the top of Matthew 11. You may be familiar with this moment in Jesus’ life. John the Baptist is in prison, and, OK, that may not have been in the vision he had for his own life.

He sends his disciples to Jesus with a burning question. Did I miss it? Did I point to the wrong guy. Are you Messiah or should I look for someone else?

Jesus’ reply is what struck me this morning.

"Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT 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. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me." - Matthew 11:4-6 NASB

I was reading in the new Passion Translation, and where my trusty old NASB says  POOR, the Passion renders it “poor and broken.”

How did Jesus communicate to John that He was indeed Messiah, and John’s own plight was a worthy sacrifice?

By pointing out that the poor and broken were hearing the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

What’s your barometer? I confess. I tend to think about what impact I’m having in different terms. Do you?

“I’m killing it on social media!”
“My facebook page is blowing up!”
“I’m received by all the great preachers of the day!”

From His earliest days, Kings wanted to kill Jesus.
The religious leaders of the day hated Him.
The political leaders of the day just shrugged their shoulders and didn’t know what to do with Him.

But the blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, the poor and broken flocked to Him.

All this leaves me with a simple thought.

I need to place myself in the lives of the poor and broken. I need to be around the blind, lame, leperous, deaf, and dead. And then I need to open my mouth and set my hands free to touch, and love, and heal.

Yeah - that’s what I’m thinking this morning.

Thanks for listening.

See you again soon,

Ben

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