The Hope of God with Us
December 13, 2022
Read Matthew 11:2-11
When Jesus finished teaching his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2 Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, 3 “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. 5 Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them. 6 Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me.” 7 When John’s disciples had gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A stalk blowing in the wind? 8 What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in refined clothes? Look, those who wear refined clothes are in royal palaces. 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 He is the one of whom it is written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you. 11 “I assure you that no one who has ever been born is greater than John the Baptist. Yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Listen to the Podcast for this week, Episode 260: The Hope of God with Us – Expectations
Today and throughout this week, seek to be a person who embodies Christ’s mercy and explore ways to be an instrument of healing and hope.
Respond in Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to us as we need you to be, not as we expect you to be. Empower us in the days and weeks to come to embody your mercy. Then, use us to be instruments of healing and hope in the world. Amen.
- At the end of each day this week, return to these questions for reflection:
- What act of mercy did you experience today?
- Where was the church a witness to Christ’s healing and hope?