Week 2: Tuesday

Read: Luke 7v18–28 

John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:“ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Meditate: By this time a number of people were following Jesus. His notoriety was increasing. No doubt there were a few in the crowd waiting for Jesus to say something that, whispered to the authorities, would get him into trouble.

So Jesus answers John’s question not by saying anything but by doing something. In fact, Jesus is doing what the Bible said the Messiah would do when he came: open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, even raise the dead. ‘Draw your own conclusions,’ he seems to be saying. ‘And think about this: God’s blessing will fall on those who are not shocked by me, not ashamed of the fact that I’m not exactly what they were expecting.’

Today try to be quiet for a moment and think about Jesus saying to you. Does Jesus shock you in what he says or does? Talk to him about that.

Pray: Lord, give me the courage to understand what you really want to do for the world, for my community and for me.

Engage: Pray the Lord’s Prayer today at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm