In this passage from the book of Matthew, John the Baptist is struggling with who Jesus is. Why would John, this great religious figure, be dealing with such difficulty? We learn two things from his struggle: 1) if you’re going to find out whether Jesus is the One, first of all, you have to make sure you do not try to understand yourself before you understand him, and 2) you also had better realize that if you reject him you’ll never be able to stop searching for him.
As a response, Jesus gives John a straight answer. We learn two more things from Jesus. He says, “You will not know I’m the One until 1) you feel my offensiveness and 2) you see how I welcome the weak. Let’s look a little deeper into this interchange and its burning contemporary relevance for our world today.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 8, 1996. Series “The Real Jesus Part 1; His Teaching”. Scripture: Matthew 11:2-6.
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