Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Greatest is Least

Luke 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?Luke 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
Luke 7:26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
Luke 7:27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

The people came to see a prophet, a man who speaks from God. Some come out to look at things of nature, making nature a god, while others seek the lifestyle of the rich, loving the world more than God. But those of faith want to hear from God. There still are people seeking to hear from God. They go to church to hear from God, but sometimes see another wind blowing, another spirit, the spirit of a man and not of God. They see riches in the house of God, but no hearing from God.

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest of the prophets, speaking and doing what God commanded him . Yet, John in prison had lost faith. He was not sure if Jesus was the one sent. Even the greatest of men can lose faith. I think of the prophet Balaam, who spoke the word of God, but was unfaithful and loved money and yet he prophesied from God.

Jesus said something hard to understand.

Luke 7:28 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.

Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet, but did he make it into the kingdom of God? We must have faith to enter the kingdom of God. We must have faith in Jesus, the Messiah. John spoke this when he introduced Jesus to the world.

John 1:29 ... Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

He spoke what God gave him to say, but did he lose faith in Jesus? Jesus sent words of encouragement to John. Sometimes we just need a little help to remember who we are in Jesus.

Luk 7:22 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.
Luk 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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