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Matthew 11:11-15

The Word of God

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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    • How can we be greater than John the Baptist, the long-prophesied forerunner of the Messiah? John died without seeing God’s plan in Christ fulfilled. He never saw the crucifixion of Jesus, or the glory of his resurrection. Yet even the “least in the kingdom of heaven” knows of these events and understands what they mean.
    • Lord, give me ears that hear and a heart that understands.
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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.
    • Jesus is not a man on his own for God! He has been expected and his life is intertwined with the prophets and with John the Baptist. Later it would be with his apostles, with the other men and women who accompanied him on his mission. Our Christian life is intertwined also with the community of the followers of Jesus. Friends, co-workers, family, the wider church - all are part of everyone's journey with Jesus to God. Our Advent prayer is a prayer that welcomes into our lives the people God sends across our path - whom we will help lead to him, and who help lead each of us to him.
    • John may be the greatest figure of the past, but, from Jesus' perspective, he belongs to another age. Now that the Messiah has appeared, whoever believes in Jesus and accepts his teaching about God's kingdom is greater than John. When Jesus says that 'the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by storm,' he is probably referring to those who persecute his followers trying to dissuade them from following him. Jesus reference to John the Baptist as Elijah the prophet is to be understood as John being the forerunner of Jesus.
    • There are those who insist that Christian faith is simply a private matter, not be discussed in the public arena, and who treat religious belief with scorn. In the midst of such opposition and scorn how content am I profess my faith openly?
    • 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.
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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.
    • Jesus is not a man on his own for God! He has been expected and his life is intertwined with the prophets and with John the Baptist. Later it would be with his apostles, with the other men and women who accompanied him on his mission. Our Christian life is intertwined also with the community of the followers of Jesus. Friends, co-workers, family, the wider church - all are part of everyone's journey with Jesus to God. Our Advent prayer is a prayer that welcomes into our lives the people God sends across our path - whom we will help lead to him, and who help lead each of us to him.
    • John may be the greatest figure of the past, but, from Jesus' perspective, he belongs to another age. Now that the Messiah has appeared, whoever believes in Jesus and accepts his teaching about God's kingdom is greater than John. When Jesus says that 'the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by storm,' he is probably referring to those who persecute his followers trying to dissuade them from following him. Jesus reference to John the Baptist as Elijah the prophet is to be understood as John being the forerunner of Jesus.
    • There are those who insist that Christian faith is simply a private matter, not be discussed in the public arena, and who treat religious belief with scorn. In the midst of such opposition and scorn how content am I profess my faith openly?
    • 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.
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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.
    • Jesus is not a man on his own for God! He has been expected and his life is intertwined with the prophets and with John the Baptist. Later it would be with his apostles, with the other men and women who accompanied him on his mission. Our Christian life is intertwined also with the community of the followers of Jesus. Friends, co-workers, family, the wider church - all are part of everyone's journey with Jesus to God. Our Advent prayer is a prayer that welcomes into our lives the people God sends across our path - whom we will help lead to him, and who help lead each of us to him.
    • John may be the greatest figure of the past, but, from Jesus' perspective, he belongs to another age. Now that the Messiah has appeared, whoever believes in Jesus and accepts his teaching about God's kingdom is greater than John. When Jesus says that 'the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by storm,' he is probably referring to those who persecute his followers trying to dissuade them from following him. Jesus reference to John the Baptist as Elijah the prophet is to be understood as John being the forerunner of Jesus.
    • There are those who insist that Christian faith is simply a private matter, not be discussed in the public arena, and who treat religious belief with scorn. In the midst of such opposition and scorn how content am I profess my faith openly?
    • 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.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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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.
    • Jesus is not a man on his own for God! He has been expected and his life is intertwined with the prophets and with John the Baptist. Later it would be with his apostles, with the other men and women who accompanied him on his mission. Our Christian life is intertwined also with the community of the followers of Jesus. Friends, co-workers, family, the wider church - all are part of everyone's journey with Jesus to God. Our Advent prayer is a prayer that welcomes into our lives the people God sends across our path - whom we will help lead to him, and who help lead each of us to him.
    • John may be the greatest figure of the past, but, from Jesus' perspective, he belongs to another age. Now that the Messiah has appeared, whoever believes in Jesus and accepts his teaching about God's kingdom is greater than John. When Jesus says that 'the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by storm,' he is probably referring to those who persecute his followers trying to dissuade them from following him. Jesus reference to John the Baptist as Elijah the prophet is to be understood as John being the forerunner of Jesus.
    • There are those who insist that Christian faith is simply a private matter, not be discussed in the public arena, and who treat religious belief with scorn. In the midst of such opposition and scorn how content am I profess my faith openly?
    • 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.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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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.
    • Jesus is not a man on his own for God! He has been expected and his life is intertwined with the prophets and with John the Baptist. Later it would be with his apostles, with the other men and women who accompanied him on his mission. Our Christian life is intertwined also with the community of the followers of Jesus. Friends, co-workers, family, the wider church - all are part of everyone's journey with Jesus to God. Our Advent prayer is a prayer that welcomes into our lives the people God sends across our path - whom we will help lead to him, and who help lead each of us to him.
    • John may be the greatest figure of the past, but, from Jesus' perspective, he belongs to another age. Now that the Messiah has appeared, whoever believes in Jesus and accepts his teaching about God's kingdom is greater than John. When Jesus says that 'the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by storm,' he is probably referring to those who persecute his followers trying to dissuade them from following him. Jesus reference to John the Baptist as Elijah the prophet is to be understood as John being the forerunner of Jesus.
    • There are those who insist that Christian faith is simply a private matter, not be discussed in the public arena, and who treat religious belief with scorn. In the midst of such opposition and scorn how content am I profess my faith openly?
    • 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.