13
Mar
14

Jesus Is The Messiah

The followers of John the Baptist were intensely loyal to him.  They had told John of all that had been happening with regard to Jesus.  So John sends two of his disciples to inquire of the Messiah if He was the One that was promised to come or if they should look for another Messiah.  Jesus was performing miraculous signs and exorcisms and He sent John’s followers back with a message.  His message was reminiscent of Isaiah’s prophecy from Isaiah 61.  John would have known what those words meant.  Yes, Jesus was the Messiah!  He had come to give sight to the blind – both physically and spiritually.  He had come to make the lame to walk and the deaf to hear.  He had come to heal the lepers and raise the dead.  He had come to proclaim good news to the poor and everyone else!  Jesus is the promised Messiah!
Jesus then gives an ominous warning:

 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me. – Luke 7:23 (NIV)

Jesus is saying that there would be those who were looking for a different kind of Messiah.  One who would defeat the Romans and kick them out of the Promised Land God had given to Israel.  One who would put the Jews back on top.  One who would reign from Jerusalem over the whole world.  They wanted a conquering king, not a humble servant.
But Jesus did not come to deal with the Romans.  He came to deal with sin.  Jesus did not come to put the Jews back on top.  He came to teach us that the first will be last and the last will be first.  Jesus did not come to reign from Jerusalem over the whole world.  Jesus came to be the Lord of every heart of every human on earth.  One day, Jesus is going to return as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords!  We will see Him coming on the clouds in power and glory!  Every eye will see Him and every ear will hear the trumpet call of God!  Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father!  There will be no doubt on that day that Jesus is the Messiah!
 

Luke 7:18-35 (NIV)

Jesus and John the Baptist

18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’[b]

28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

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