3rd Sunday of Advent: Jesus & John (Matthew 11:2-19)Harry Boreham, 15th December 2019
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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11:3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
11:4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
11:5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
11:6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
11:7 As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
11:8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
11:9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
11:10 This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
11:11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
11:13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
11:15 He who has ears, let him hear.
11:16 "To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
11:17 " 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.'
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."