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Matthew 11:11-15

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Jesus said, 'Truly 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. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. Let anyone with ears listen!'

Matthew 11:11-15
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    • What was it that placed John the Baptist below the least in the kingdom of heaven? He had preached the justice of God and the need for repentance; but he had not lived to see Jesus crucified, and in that, to see the unbelievable extent of God’s love for us.
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    • Many of those listening to Jesus had also listened to John the Baptist. They may have wondered which master to choose. Jesus praises John highly as the greatest man ever born but he also hints that a new era has dawned. In the reign of God which Jesus brings about, everyone will be a child of God (John 1:12)!
    • Lord, make me a better listener. Empty me of noise and clutter, to hear what needs to be heard. Let me not be afraid of silence, because then you can speak to me.
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    • God does not force himself upon us. We must ourselves seize the kingdom. In his book, Heaven Taken by Storm, the 17th century Puritan pastor, Thomas Watson, asks: ‘Do we use violence in prayer? Is the wind of the Spirit filling our sails? Do we pray in the morning as if we were to die at night? Do we thirst for the living God? Is our desire constant? Is this spiritual pulse always beating?’
    • ‘Let anyone with ears listen!’ What is Jesus saying to me in this time of meditation?
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    • John proclaimed the gospel, allowing his disciples to leave him to follow Jesus. I think of what it might mean to be less so that Jesus might be more.
    • I ponder on what Jesus said about the greatness of John. I think of what he had seen and heard so that I might profit from understanding what Jesus valued.
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    • I ponder on what Jesus said about the greatness of John. I think of what he had seen and heard so that I might profit from understanding what Jesus valued.
    • John proclaimed the gospel, allowing his disciples to leave him to follow Jesus. I think of what it might mean to be less so that Jesus might be more.