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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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Peter and John walked through the dusty streets heading toward the temple at the hour of prayer. Perhaps you know the story. There not dressed in any striking fashion, not wearing their Saturday bests. It’s just another mid-afternoon prayer time.

They met a lame man sitting near the gates begging alms of the passers-by. Peter get’s his attention—“Look at us.”

What do I do in this situation?

I dig through my pockets; Hand over a dollar or two; Make him promise not to buy liquor or drugs with it; Make my way to church; Pat my self on the back; Check—care for the poor—off my list.

But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene--walk!" - Acts 3:6 NASB

When I was digging through my pockets, I overlooked the vast limitless Presence which “I do have.” The Spirit of the Living God who according to Jesus’s promise moved in years ago, never to leave me or forsake me.

Could I stop and pray with the man?
Could I command him to look at me?
Would my eyes communicate such faith and expectation as to motivate this cripple would take my hand?
Would I have the courage to pull him up?
Does the name of Jesus still have this power?

And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. - Acts 3:16 NASB

I know it does! I have seen the lame walk. I have touched eyes and seen them healed. I have seen Father mend breaks, and I’ve seen demons flee.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8 NASB

So why not today?

Yeah—why not today?

Lord, lead me to someone who needs Your touch today. Give me eyes to see outside my fog of self-interest into the realm of Your compassion.

benheadshot1Let’s go and disrupt the kingdom of darkness. Let’s go wreck hell!

Be careful out there—no wait—Be fearless out there.

Ben

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