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'Offended in Christ "



'Offended in Christ "When God seems slow to answer our expectations

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In Matthew 11, we find John the Baptist in prison. His anointed and powerful ministry multitudes in Israel was cut short by King Herod. Now the crowds that followed John fervently left. The "voice of one crying in the wilderness" was silenced.

John's public ministry lasted only one year. But at that time, God showed his power through the preaching of John. The Sadducees were trained to listen to their powerful messages. Even the proud Pharisees could not avoid going to listen. Soldiers, politicians, tax collectors, rich and poor alike were crowded to hear the passionate words of the prophet.

Jesus Himself honored this godly man. He said of John: "... among those born of women there is no greater prophet than John the Baptist ..." (Luke 7:28). Christ also identified John as the prophet Isaiah who had spoken. That John would do a straight before the Messiah, in preparation for his coming (see Isaiah 40:3).

Sabemos que Juan fue un estudiante de las profecías de Isaías. The word that came to the can be traced to the writings of Isaiah. And John made reference to Isaiah when the priests and Levites asked to identify himself. When they inquired, "Actually," Who are you? "John always responded," I am not the Christ. "Finally, when they pressed further, John was identified as one of whom Isaiah prophesied. He told these religious leaders, "Isaiah says I am who I am. I am the voice crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord' "(John 1:19-23).


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John the Baptist was eager to
confirm that Jesus was the Messiah.


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Apparently John's captors allowed him to maintain contact with his disciples. So his followers brought him reports about miracles and ministry of Jesus. These reports must be startling to the ears of John. Day after day, Christ was doing works and wonders through the region.

The disciples of John were in Nain when Christ miraculously rose from the dead the son of a woman. They were among the crowd while the young man sat on the coffin and began to speak. At that time, the Scriptures say, "All were afraid, and glorified God, saying:" A great prophet has risen among us "and" God has visited his people "(Luke 7:16).

"John's disciples gave him the news of these things." (7:18). John's disciples he recounted all these things with enthusiasm, wonder and amazement. And they were filled with reverence for Jesus to describe all works towards: the lame walked, the blind see, and evil spirits fleeing people who had tormented for years.

Surprisingly, John did not share the enthusiasm of his disciples. Instead, I call two aside and instructed them, "Go back to Jesus. I want to be asked, 'Are you the Messiah? Are you the one who had come? "Ask me to tell them who he is." "When John heard in prison the works of Christ, he sent his disciples to ask: - Are you one who would come and wait to another? "(Matthew 11:2-3).

Hey, do you find it incomprehensible John's question? This was the reaction of the greatest prophet who ever lived. Think about it: He was receiving daily reports from eyewitnesses of all the amazing miracles wrought by Christ. But even so John had to know if Jesus himself was the Messiah prophesied in Scripture.

Remember, John was a man of the Word. He had spent his entire life studying the scriptures alone. He had meditated daily on the law, the prophets and the Psalms. And the Bible clearly tells us that John recognized the deity of Christ.

He points to Jesus and declared, "Look, the Lamb of God." He saw the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ as a dove. And he heard the voice of the Father declared that Jesus was his son. Finally, John himself said of Christ, "I must decrease as he increases."

This was said by a man who had lived in caves throughout his adult life, refusing all comforts. (Indeed, a few weeks ago, said archeologists have discovered a cave where John lived while baptizing multitudes.) All that this pious man did was in preparation for fulfilling the call of God. So, what prompted John to question Jesus about his identity? Why this uncharacteristic outburst after hearing about all the wonderful work done in Israel?

What is even more strange is that apparently John's disciples question Jesus submitted to a large crowd (see Matthew 11:7). That must have been surprised to hear that crowd of men from John asking questions so bold. No doubt the disciples of Jesus would be equally surprised. What could be thinking of John at the time?


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I have to wonder what kind
deep dark testing of
soul was going on John


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But when Jesus heard the questions of John that day, did not give a direct answer. Neither treatment to convince Lord John of his deity. Instead, he simply told John's disciples being reminded that great miracles were taking place. "Go and tell John the things you hear and see. The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the gospel "(Matthew 11:4-5).

Why did the Lord answer this? Because he was God incarnate, and he knew that John was human. No matter how powerfully anointed was John, he was still subject to all the feelings and passions which are common to man. And Christ knew that John was in danger of being overwhelmed by doubt.

First of all, Jesus knew that this prophet burning rather be dead than locked in a prison like a caged animal. John had lived all his years in a desert without walls. He slept in caves and ate what was in the field. He loved freedom, he loved nature, loved to walk through the earth and meditate on the Word of God. Being a prisoner now had to be hell on earth for John. I'm sure he was depressed beyond anything known.

John would think it was still in prison, because Jesus had not released. After all, Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would free the captives when he arrived. And, if Jesus' words about John were true, would not it be this man one of the first to be liberated?

Do not misunderstand: I do not believe that John was looking for some personal validation of the Lord. No way. The fact is, John the Baptist had a burning passion for God and hate evil. And just wanted to see overcome sin.

John had lived with a certain view of God's kingdom for years. And he had longed for her day after day. All that this pious man wanted was to see the Word of God fulfilled.

For John, that meant seeing the name of God come on earth and its just established. When the Messiah came, John expected him to put the ax to the root of all evil, tearing down everything that you offend exalted. He expected to see the bad consumed like straw, cut and burned with unquenchable fire

Were not these the things predicted by all the prophets of old? John knew that God was merciful. But until sin rooted out, the men could not live without fear (see Luke 1:72-74).

But now that the day of the Messiah had come, none of those things were happening. What John hoped to see "what he had hoped for all his life simply not being fulfilled.

You can object at this point: "Is it really possible for a devout believer, praying, and anointed despair of life?" According to the Bible, yes, absolutely. Just ask David, Job and Jeremiah. Even the apostle Paul wrote about being tested, "beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of preserving life."

Yet, Jesus never addressed the despair of John. Instead, the command to the disciples of John to return with this special message: "blessed is he not be offended in me." (Matthew 11:6).

Lovingly, Christ was showing John the roots of doubt in his heart. Jesus was saying, in essence, "John, they offended me. These annoying in spirit by the way I am setting the kingdom of my Father. I'm not fulfilling your expectations about how things that were expected. And that is making you doubt. "


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The truth is, reports that John
hear about the ministry of Jesus
not correspond with what he believed
should happen when the Messiah came.


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John was perplexed by the ministry of Jesus. The works that Christ was doing just were not the kind that John had preached to come. The prophecies of John echoed what many Old Testament prophets had said that the Messiah would reveal her strength with fire, purging and cleaning. According to John, Christ came to avenge every wrong.

We know that all things that John believed were founded on, "Writing this ..." And John knew the words of the prophets. Therefore, he was intensely aware of the prediction of Malachi: "Surely the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud and all that do wickedly will be stubble. The day that cometh shall burn them, saith the LORD of hosts, and shall leave them neither root nor branch. "(Malachi 4:1).

This was the vision that John had of the coming of the Messiah. And he told the crowd in Israel, "... but the next ... will baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire. His fan is in his hand to clear his era. Gather his wheat into the barn and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. "(Matthew 3:11-12).

At that time in Israel, some prevailing belief about the Messiah. In summary, the Savior of Israel came to crush the oppressive Roman kingdom. When Christ appeared, he would put his own religious-political government and begin to legislate holiness on earth. And he would rule over the kingdom with an iron rod.

However, this did not correspond in any way to what John was hearing about Jesus. First, John heard a report that Jesus was celebrating at a wedding. Then I hear that Christ was entering the homes of sinners and eating with them. And now he knew that Jesus had sent his disciples in pairs across the country, commissioned to heal and bless people.

All this I leave to ...


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