Have Christians strayed from Scripture?
Have Christians adopted the world’s ways of addressing human maladies and injustices?
When Yeshua walked the sands of Judea in His GODMAN body the Romans were cruel and dictatorial, intoxicated with power. They beat, killed, and taxed the Jews to poverty and that was just for starters. Yet in Scripture, I find no recordings of Yeshua organizing groups to march in the streets with signs and angry shouts; nor kill Roman officers, loot, or burn Roman businesses. (No. I am not saying Christians are doing the latter.) Neither have I found it recorded that He instructed His disciples to do so. There was that time Peter got heated and afraid and sliced off a man’s ear and Yeshua immediately put it back and instructed Peter otherwise. (Check it out at Luke 22:49-51 and John 18:10-11) The Bible tells me Jesus went about preaching His Gospel, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and fellowshipping with A N Y O N E who wanted His company.
How are we stacking up?
How beautiful is this?! Take a look with me at Matthew 11.
Verse 2. John is in prison. Actually, it is most likely a dungeon – dark, dank and other things . . . .
This follows his having preached at the Jordan and having baptized Yeshua there; the Holy Spirit having given testimony that this Yeshua was indeed The Son of the Living GOD; having proclaimed that the Messiah had arrived. (See Luke 3:22)
And so in verse 3, John has sent messengers to ask JESUS a question. “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
In verse 4 Yeshua gives a response for the messengers to take back to John.
And in verse 7 JESUS begins speaking to the crowd about John. Does He ridicule or belittle John? Let us see.
7 Now as they were leaving, Yeshua began to talk to the crowd concerning John. “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 No? So what did you go out to see? A man dressed in finery? Look, those who wear finery are in the palaces of kings! 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, even more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written,
‘Behold, I send My messenger before You,
who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “Amen, I tell you, among those born of women, none has arisen greater than John the Immerser. . . . source
Not a word of condemnation! Not a word of disparagement. So unlike what we do!
Instead, He said in part:
A prophet? Yes, I tell you, even more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before You, who will prepare Your way before You.’ 11 “Amen, I tell you, among those born of women, none has arisen greater than John the Immerser. . . .
Do you hear it? Do hear the compassion? Do you hear the love in His voice? Do you hear GOD speaking?
I do and I am so grateful. This is a warm and soft and welcomed blanket rested lovingly around me. My soul is comforted because I too have doubted. I too have been afraid and more. And with this passage, I know GOD is not mad at me. He loves me. And He loves you too just as much!