DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 17 🛐)
John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 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?’” At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 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[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 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? 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. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 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] 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.”
THEME: Jesus talks less, does more. What about you? 👇🏼
WORDS OF HOPE:
Politicians do not lie, neither do they say the truth: they give complicated answers for fear of giving themselves away about the true situation and attracting a bad banner headline.
Christ did not give complicated answers, in fact He acted more than He spoke so for Him it was like saying ‘talk less and say more’. In the conversation recorded between the disciples of John the Baptist and Jesus, He answers the question not by saying something but by doing something; doing, in fact, what the Bible said the Messiah would do when He came: open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, even raise the dead. ‘Draw your own conclusions,’ He seems to be saying. And think about what He said: Blessed are those who do not fall away on account of me’ Were the messengers satisfied with the answer from Jesus? Any time you come to Jesus, do you prefer a chat or an action? Choose one.
● Lord show me what you have planned to do for me.
● Lord, show me what you have planned to do for my community.
● Lord, show me what you have planned to do for the world.
Lord, give me the courage to understand what you really want to do for the world, for my community and for me. Amen🙏🏽