Day 142 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Reading: Matthew 11:2-15
At the beginning of his ministry, when John the Baptist meets Jesus with his disciples he declares, “Behold the Lamb of God!” When he is imprisoned, he sends messengers to ask Jesus if he really is the anointed one. What changed?
If you have never been put in a dirty police cell amongst humans who are angry, resentful and dejected, who have not washed for a while; suspecting that you’re about to be killed, you cannot imagine how John the Baptist felt in Herod’s prison. He had no idea when or if he would see a magistrate. If family or friends did not bring him food he would starve. There were no ablution facilities. I think that he was expecting Jesus to gather a band of fighting men and rescue him. Break down the prison gates and set him free. Surely that is what the Kingdom of God was all about? Instead, John the Baptist got this message from Jesus, “The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”
Have your circumstances dimmed your vision of Jesus, that he came to seek and save the lost? What have you been expecting Jesus to do for you? What should you be doing for him?
Dear God, restore my vision of God so loving the world that He sent His only Son.
For the family
You will find 13 role models in the resource below that you can discuss with your children over this month