2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Jesus is the Treason for the Season
A voice crying out in the wilderness: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven draws near. The blind see. The lame walk. The mute sing for joy! That’s a jail-able offense!
Who can blame John for asking Jesus from his cell: Are you the one we’re expecting to bring the kingdom or shall we look for another?
And Jesus affirms his identity. In him, the blind see, the lame walk, and the mute sing for joy. And not only that but the dead is raise and the poor have good news brought to them. No matter what! And therein lies problem.
For those in touch with their need in life, the kingdom of heaven comes as sweet relief. For those, Jesus is the reason for the season.
For those, on the other hand, living in the illusion of security afford by on their own position, their power, their possessions … necessarily over and above the poor … who are kept that way by risk of death …. the kingdom of heaven comes as a real threat. For those, Jesus is the treason for the season.
And still, the kingdom of heaven has come near … for the blind, the lame, the mute, the poor, the dead. For all of us. No matter what. Not jail. Not death on the cross. Therein lies the hope.
God comes to us again and again with the wonderful promise of heaven’s kingdom validated for eternity by Jesus resurrection of the dead. May that hope give you comfort and purpose in need of heaven’s kingdom as much now as ever.
About this blog
Welcome to my running online dialog on matters of our life together in faith community at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church—where the grace of Christ Jesus our Lord engages each of us and, in turn, sends us out to engage others with that grace as well. I look forward to learning and growing together.
- Pastor Steve Wachtman