"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual." (1Cor. 2:12-13)
Saturday, February 8, 2014
A Baptism Of Love
John the Baptist told Herod it was not right that he married his brother's wife and Herod put John in prison for it. I suppose John may have felt Jesus would've come to his rescue. After all, he was the very present prophet who, in the Spirit of Elijah, had prepared the way for Jesus' ministry. And Jesus did claim to be the Messiah, the Savior of Israel.
So while in prison, and probably perplexed about his situation, John sent two disciples to ask Jesus if He was the One, or was there another to come. "Are you not the Son of God? Haven't you taught us the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself? I mean, why am I still incarcerated? "
"And Jesus answered them, 'Go 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.'” (Matthew 11:4-6) In other words, what the Father had sent Jesus to conquer in the Spirit was already being exemplified in the flesh.
Jesus knew John was confused, but then so was everyone else in Israel. Jesus also knew that until He was glorified by His death and His Spirit sent to dwell within them, it would remain that way.
Yet even today, until believers begin to surrender their own understanding, they will always bring God's love into question.
"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 who is to come, or shall we look for another?'" (Matthew 11:2-3)