What Jesus Did! 'The Proof Is in the Preacher' — Luke 7:20-23

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

So the men came to Jesus. They said, "John the Baptizer sent us to you with this question: 'Are you the One that is coming, or should we wait for another person?'" At that time, Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits {from the devil}. Jesus healed many blind people so that they could see again. Then Jesus said to John's followers, "Go tell John the things that you saw and heard here. Blind people are healed and can see. Crippled people are healed and can walk. People with leprosy are healed. Deaf people are healed and can hear. Dead people are given life. And the Good News {about God's kingdom} is given to the poor people. What great blessings there are for the person that can accept me!"
— Luke 7:20-23 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:20-23 NLT — "John the Baptizer sent us to you with this question: 'Are you the One that is coming, or should we wait for another person?'"

Key Thought

I use to remind preaching students, "God could use a donkey to speak his will, so simply having a message from God doesn't make us all that important" (see Numbers 22). I was referring to Balaam's donkey, of course. What makes the messenger important for God is when his message and his life line up. Jesus reaches back and uses the less-known language about the Messiah and his service to the lost, forgotten, and needy to remind John that he, Jesus, is the Christ of God. To help reinforce his claim, he asks John's disciples to report to John what they have seen him do and heard him say. Jesus is what he says and Jesus does what the prophets proclaimed he would do. John's words were right, even if his personal expectations of all that the Messiah would do are not quite what Jesus did. In our weaker moments, we may want a Messiah that is a little different than Jesus—not so straight talking about obedience and not so demanding about discipleship. But, Jesus does the will of God, doing and saying what God wants him to do and say. It is not Jesus who needs to change, but our expectations and our behaviors!

Today's Prayer

Holy God, who so lovingly sent your Son to be my Savior, open my mind and my heart to better know and understand who Jesus is and who he wants me to be. In the name of your Son, Christ Jesus my Lord, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 61:1-3
  • Isaiah 49:5-6
  • John 7:16-18

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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