Read Matthew 11:2-19.
Devotion by: Whitney Miller
Testimony Concerning John the Baptist
In Matthew 11:3, John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we have been expecting?” This is a loaded question. Was Jesus the Messiah they had waited a long time for? Yes! Was He the Messiah they had dreamed up while they were waiting? In a lot of ways, no. There was a disparity between the man people expected to see and the One that had actually come.
Jesus confronts the people’s expectations, the first of them being John the Baptist. He basically says, “Look, you know this guy that was prophesied about? Not the Messiah but the one that’s supposed to come before Him? This is the guy. You may think He’s crazy, but He’s done everything my Father has asked him to do. And I love him for it!” John didn’t look or act the way the people had expected, and Jesus didn’t fit their descriptions either.
The people were looking for a literal king that would ride in with trumpets blaring and guns blazing, exalting himself and conquering kingdoms. What they got was a God who stooped, loved, healed and elevated the least worthy among society. In Jesus’ time on earth, He didn’t command armies of men to overthrow governments, but He did command a dead man to come back to life. No other king can do that.
These people were expecting Jesus to be a certain way, so much so that they couldn’t actually see Him for who He is and what He was doing. Are we guilty of that two thousand years later? Do we ask Jesus to dance to the song that we’re playing? Or are we singing a song of praise because our spirits used to be dead and now they’re alive?
Jesus is going to come back with those trumpets blaring and guns blazing but for now, let’s ask for the wisdom and discernment to see the ways that God is moving. Let’s ask Jesus where His heart is and what He wants to do. Instead of throwing accusations when He doesn’t align with our expectations, let’s trust that He has something greater in mind that we wouldn’t even have the audacity to imagine.