Matthew 11:1-19; Leviticus 11; Leviticus 12; Proverbs 24
“For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ ‘Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.’” (Matthew 11:10-11 NKJV)
John sent disciples to check with Jesus – perhaps for assurance when he quite likely was a bit discouraged in jail. Jesus responded to the disciples who wanted to know if He really was the Messiah by telling John’s disciples what He was doing, which was in accord with most Jewish thought about what the Messiah would do. Then, as John’s disciples left, Jesus praised John and made the startling claim that John was the promised Elijah, which in turn, was a claim that He Himself was the Messiah. If all this isn’t startling enough, Jesus made it clear that as great among men as John was, he was nothing compared to those who were in the kingdom of heaven. The last person in line in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John. I’d like to believe that John eventually made it into the Kingdom of Heaven, but the point Jesus made was important. Our greatness in God’s eyes isn’t based on what we do, it’s based on our relationship with God.
How’s your relationship with God? Are you going through a difficult time when you ask God if He’s really there and if Jesus really loves you? Don’t feel bad. The forerunner prophet, John, asked the same question. God’s never had a question that surprised Him. He’s never had a question that’s too hard for Him to answer, and He’s never had a person He hasn’t wanted in the Kingdom of Heaven. He welcomes everyone who calls on the name of Jesus into His kingdom. So, how IS your relationship with God?
Lord, I have a lot of questions, especially when things don’t go right. Thank You that I can ask those questions. Thank You that You don’t always give me the answer, but You always love me. Keep our relationship strong through Your grace and let me be the reason that other people seek to know You.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.