The Kingdom of God

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me. (Mt. 11:1-19)

The role of John the Baptist
It was foretold in the scriptures in Mal. 3:1 and Isa. 40:3. Jesus acknowledged this. Jesus honored John the Baptist as ‘the greatest among those born of women’. He was greater than a prophet and Elijah who was to appear again.
The vision of John the Baptist
He too expected Jesus to be some kind of political liberator who would banish wickedness and establish the righteous rule. He tried to confirm whether Jesus was truly the Savior for whom he was a forerunner. If Jesus were, why should His forerunner be in prison, he thought.
The view of the religious
People had their own ideas about the Kingdom of God. They developed their own theories rather than listen to God’s Word and understand it. They rejected John and his admonition because it was not very  comfortable. They ascribed his lifestyle to be demonic. Jesus gave a radically new interpretation to the concept of the Kingdom of God. His message was attested by His deeds. But people were not willing to accept it as it was far from ordinary and commonly accepted behavior. So they called him unruly and friend of sinners. They forced their idea of the Kingdom of God up on people rather than listen to God’s messengers. They are compared with children who are not satisfied with anything, but want everyone to dance to their music.

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