Kid's Ministry Lesson Prep January 26
Matthew 11:1-6
A Word of Encouragement
Published January 27th, 2020
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Jesus, leading His disciples, responds to John's question regarding His identity with a prophesy fulfilled and a promise.
Matthew 11:1-6
When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples,
After Jesus had finishing teaching his twelve disciples,
he went on from there
he moved on from that place to do two things in other places:
to teach
1. to teach
and preach in their cities.
and 2. preach.
e Now when John heard f in prison about the deeds of g the Christ,
Then, after John had heard about all the works of Jesus Messiah,
he sent word by h his disciples
he sent two of his disciples to inquire of Jesus,
and said to him,
and they said to him
“Are you i the one who is to come,
"Are you the Messiah, the promised Savior,
or shall we j look for another?”
or should we be looking and waiting for another person?
And Jesus answered them,
Jesus answered their question saying,
"Go to John,
and tell John what you hear and see:
and tell him what you yourself are hearing and seeing done:
k the blind receive their sight
namely , that those who cannot see, see;
and the lame walk,
those who cannot walk, walk;
lepers 1 are cleansed
those who are dirty, are clean;
and the deaf hear,
those who cannot hear, hear;
and the dead are raised up,
those who cannot live, live;
and l the poor have good news preached to them.
and those who have little are told of riches untold.
And blessed is the one who m is not offended by me.”
And I will lift up the one who suffers for My Name's sake."
KJV: Tell him again-- remind John.
What is the connection between Jesus' ministry and Who He is? Why does He use His deeds as a response to John's inquisition to His identity?
When Jesus finished ordering His disciples, he goes on teaching and preaching Himself. When John was in prison (and unable to do this), he sends his own disciples out, but not to teach and preach, but rather to inquire for him about Who Jesus was. He was in prison and not sending out his disciples to teach and preach, but to question. His despair in prison was leading him to stray in his leadership. Jesus, in response to John's despair, reminds John of the fulfillment of God's Word in Isaiah 35-- with a follow up promise that those who suffer in Christs' name are blessed. Jesus is giving Him bread that lasts, Word that continues. Jesus not only gives John bread, but He also gives him hope. Blessed is the one who carries my name.
Are you the Messiah, or are you not the Messiah? Are we found or are we still looking?
Those who cannot do, do. Those who cannot, can. And those who have nothing, are offered everything. And happy is the man who will not despise me.
Who Jesus is and what He preaches is directly connected to His compassion for those who have not. For, He is the Supreme Compassion-Giver, and came to give life to those who didn't have it.
Jesus - Scene 1 When- He had finished commanding His disciples What- He went on Where- He was moving forward Why- To teach and preach John - Scene 2 When- He heard about Jesus' works What- He sent word Where- He was in prison Why- To hear back from Christ Jesus - Scene 3 What- Jesus answers with the Word and with a promise. Why- To remind and strengthen John in a time of struggle.
Matthew 11:1-6
Jesus Teaches and Preaches the Word
When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples,
he went on
from there
to teach
and preach
in their cities.
John Hears and Sends for word
Now when John heard
in prison
about the deeds
of the Christ,
he sent word
by his disciples
and said to him,
“Are you the one
Content #1
who is to come,
or shall we look
Content #2
for another?”
Jesus Answers with Word and Promise
And Jesus answered them,
and tell John
what you hear
and see:
the blind receive their sight
and the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed
and the deaf hear,
and the dead are raised up,
and the poor have good news preached to them.
And blessed is the one
who is not offended by me.”
Why does Jesus pair this description of His ministry with a promise of blessings for those who "do not despise" Him?
Jesus teaches his disciples, and then goes on to teach in the cities of the disciples. John hears about Jesus' deeds, and proceeds to inquire about who Jesus might be.
The one who suffers on my behalf will be blessed. Did the disciples also "hear and see" this?
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.