Matthew 11:7–10 (ESV)
Messengers from John the Baptist (Part 2)
7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then
did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This
is he of whom it is written,
“ ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
Now John had sent his disciples to see if he was the One to come. To break this down, John is basically asking the question of “Who is Jesus?” In today’s reading, Jesus is speaking
to the crowds and basically asks them “Who is John the Baptist?” John was the “messenger” who prepared the way for Jesus. John was a prophet, a messenger from God. He pointed to the One who is to come… Jesus
Christ, the Messiah. It is important that both John and Jesus are the fulfillment of prophecy. John was the promised messenger and Jesus is the promised Messiah.
I pray: O Lord, you are my Lord and my God. You are “the One who is to come.” You are the promised Messiah. You are the promised “anointed one.” Amen.