What Jesus Did! 'What Were You Looking For?' — Matthew 11:7-8

Thursday, May 18, 2017

While John's followers were leaving, Jesus began talking to the people about John. Jesus said, "What did you people go out to the desert to see? A weed blown by the wind? No! Really, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No! Those people that wear fine clothes live in king's palaces."
— Matthew 11:7-8 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 11:7-8 NLT —  Really, what did you go out to see?

Key Thought

Jesus' response to John's disciples did not imply that Jesus thought poorly of John, his ministry, or his faith. What John cared most about was God's will and God's coming Kingdom. He was not swayed by public opinion or the desire for personal acceptance. John was not concerned about making a fashion statement or having an easy life. John's clothing, location, and faithfulness to God's truth all indicate he fits in the traditions of the Old Testament prophets. Even more than that, John is willing to give up his life to prepare the way for the Messiah and to speak the truth to everyone, even King Herod. John was God's messenger, for a special time, in answer to special prophetic messages, and for a special audience hungering for God's word. For us, John stands as a great reminder of two important truths: 1 - truth is more important than life, and 2 - greatness is found in service to God.

Today's Prayer

Gracious Father, please give me the courage to speak your truth in love, to stand for what is right no matter the opposition or the popular opinion, and to serve you without regard to my situation in life. I want to live my life for your Kingdom and not for myself. To you belong all glory, honor, and praise for your Kingdom and mercy and might! In Jesus name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 3:1-2
  • Matthew 3:4
  • Romans 12:2


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.