JESUS EXPLAINS JOHN'S MISSION

Passage: Matthew 11:1~19  

Keyverse: 11

1. Jesus reassures John's disciples (11:1-6)

From prison, John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the promised Messiah. Even someone as great as John can fall into doubt. Jesus told John's disciples to observe the work of God going on through him and decide. Jesus let his actions speak for themselves. The work of God comes with persecution, but we can avoid falling away when we focus on the good things Jesus is doing among us.

2. Jesus addresses the crowd (11:7-19)

Jesus challenged the crowd about their response to John. John the Baptist was the greatest of God's human servants; yet he did not exist for himself, but to point the way to Jesus. It's better to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through Jesus than to be like John the Baptist. Jesus' style of ministry was different from John's, but people who were not willing to repent criticized both of them. God can use all kinds of people to teach his wisdom; the important thing is that we come to Jesus.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me overcome my discouragement by looking at the work of God going on today.

One Word: See God's good work.