Vs. 11, “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Okay…let me try to explain what’s going on here. Jesus is talking about John the Baptist because John had sent him a message (vs. 2). That message was an “honest” question like we talked about yesterday at church. Basically, John was asking…”Uhhhh…Jesus, I thought you were the Messiah.” John had been in prison now for months by Herod. John also misunderstood how the coming Messiah would respond in this world. Yes, Jesus will come in power, but first He had to come with mercy. Notice, after gently reminding John’s messenger’s and then they left, Jesus would go on to tell the crowds how legit John the Baptist is! They would reject John and now they would reject Jesus (vs. 18-19). And speaking of rejection, Jesus would essentially curse the cities that outright rejected His works and message (vs. 20-24).
Regarding application…Find Rest. Vs. 28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Definitely one of my favorite all-time passages! When I think about the storms of our lives and the weariness of living in this sinful world…it’s amazing comfort to know Jesus is there. We don’t have to be perfect. We even can be the chief of sinners, but Jesus still tells us to put our trust in Him and find rest! The Lord knew I needed it these days and I’m sure there are you who are so busy you don’t even have time to breathe. Slow down and just spend time rejuvenating your heart in the prescense of our Lord! Be honest with Jesus about your feelings. Open His word and pray that you would hear the Holy Spirit speak to your mind and heart. So rest up this weekend and be ready to start a new week on our blessed Sunday at church!