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Verses that Inspire: Matthew 11:11

September 15, 2010

Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Matthew 11:11

Having anyone say those words about you would be great and yet to come from the mouth of Jesus? Can’t get any better than this. John the Baptist, no one greater than him.

Okay, okay, not sure what to do with the rest of what Jesus said. No, let’s stop there, can’t we leave him with just the great part? No one you know. Yet the least in the kingdom is greater than he. So, that guy who is a part of your church that drives you absolutely crazy. The one who you hint might be happier with another group of believers? Jesus said he was greater than John the Baptist.

The lady who brings the unidentifiable side dish to potlucks? Greater than John the Baptist. Should I go on? Think of the person who frustrates you the most, who drives you crazy with requests, who at times just doesn’t seem to get it. Okay, have a mental picture? Jesus said they are greater than John the Baptist.

But that is not it, there is something more. The greatest man ever born of a woman, the greatest to ever identify with our Kingdom, is left to die in a jail cell. Left to have his head cut off. Pause and think. Not a way I want to go. You know I could either die in my sleep or die with my head cut off, can’t decide which I would prefer. That just doesn’t happen.

How do you see greatness in the kingdom? How do you expect the greatest to be treated? I think we have a lot of modern ideas on what greatness brings and what it deserves and how it should be rated. The reality is John the Baptist did his part. He was the forerunner to Jesus. Jesus was on the scene and so John’s work was done.

You see the story wasn’t about John the Baptist. No books from John the forerunner on effective ministry. No publications on how to be an effective forerunner. In the end you read of John the Baptist asking Jesus, are you the one. What does Jesus do? Go back to release him from prison? No, though he could have we know. No, Jesus sends back the message the Messiah has come indeed and this is how you know.

Raising up Jesus instead of the people serving Jesus, that is inspiring.

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  1. September 16, 2010 3:39 pm

    A plain reading of this verse would seem to imply that no one “in the kingdom of heaven” is “among those born of women.” Why do you reject this reading?

  2. September 20, 2010 5:39 pm

    I’m honestly curious about the question I asked before. I don’t understand why you interpret this verse in the way that you do, and if it really is “inspiring” as you say, I would like to understand how so. Is your plan just to ignore me?

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