My church notes: April 2016 – Luke 7
Did you know the Baptist church can be traced back to John the Baptist?
We know from reading the bible John the Baptist is about 6 months older than Jesus and a cousin to Jesus. It was John the Baptist who baptizes Jesus. The calling from our Lord to John the Baptist was to point out to Israel who the Savior and Messiah was and this one called Jesus was here to save the world – you and me. What a sacrifice and a love that one can’t even begin to comprehend from both, John who ends up beheaded, and Jesus who dies on the cross for us.
How easy it is to have Satan put doubt in your mind? John knew his calling was to prepare the way for the Messiah as read in Matthew 3-1,2.
3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
John knew Jesus was the Messiah but expected him to immediately save the world. John didn’t understand God’s timing. John was a man who like all of us was thinking in a worldly man’s view and not God’s. How easy it was for Satan to place doubt in John’s mind – this can’t be the Messiah he is not saving man kind. During this time of doubt John was in prison for at least two years and heard of the miracles Jesus was preforming. John was like we are today, a world which wants instant gratification. We want, want and want more without ever thinking we may need to wait and wait and wait some more before getting our answers.
We read in Luke 7:19-29
27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,which shall prepare thy way before thee.28 For I say unto you,Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans,justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.