January 26 – Chronological Gospels

“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)

We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Matthew 11

Jesus and John the Baptist

After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way before you.’
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Woe on Unrepentant Towns

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

The Father Revealed in the Son

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

SOAP Note

Too Proud | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Matthew 11:25

Observation

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 KJV) Jesus absolutely has a way of seeking us, just as in verses 4-6, when John had a little bit of doubt. Jesus sent his disciples with scripture to assure him and remind him that Jesus is who He says He is. Jesus makes it so simple for us, but only if we’re not intellectually or spiritually proud.

Application

I’ve always wondered what it meant for things to be hidden from the learned and the wise, but I get it now, PRIDE. I’ve been prideful, not seeking You. You’ve asked me to come into fellowship with You, and I’ve stepped out. But, again You have a way of seeking me and pulling me right back in. I don’t want to be too proud; I want to be right there in fellowship with You.

Prayer

Father, thank You for not hiding Your Word from me today; they were the words I needed today. Thank You for seeking me, like You always do, and bringing me right back to You with all kinds of reassurance. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

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  1. S: Matthew 11:2-3

    O: John the Baptist is confused. This man, the one who leaped for joy in utero when in the presence of Jesus (also in utero at the time) and who saw the Spirit in the form of a dove rest on Jesus while God announced he was His Son and He was pleased – which was John’s sign for identifying the Messiah – is confused. Apparently John had the same expectations for the Messiah that everyone else did. John was expecting a political leader, and when Jesus was showing no signs of leading a political uprising, John started to doubt. Despite all the evidence John already had for Jesus to be the Messiah, he still had questions.

    A: It wasn’t until last year that I ever even learned this part of John’s story. To me, John was always this uber spiritual man who was keenly aware of God’s plan, who Jesus was, and how all of this was supposed to go down. That image of perfection came shattering down once I realized he had his own doubts. And if anyone should not be having doubts, it’s this guy. But it occurred to me this morning that we’re all imperfect. OK, I knew that before this morning, but it occurred to me that John is part of the “we’re” and he wasn’t impervious to mankind’s sinful nature. Why can I have doubts but not him? And don’t I have just as much evidence in my life for God’s identity, goodness, mercy, and love? How are my struggles any different? There have been countless times where I expected God to respond one way, and when He doesn’t, I question the validity of the circumstances. In those instances, God has to practically slap me across the face with His Truth before I can understand it. Jesus doesn’t slap John across the face. He merely directs John’s attention to all the prophecies from the OT that he’s already fulfilled. If John had only been paying attention, he would have seen that Jesus is exactly the Messiah we were promised, despite his preconceived notions to the contrary. And if I, too, pay attention, I can see that what God is doing in my life and around me fits His divine characteristics perfectly.

    P: God, understanding can be so hard sometimes. Help me to stay focused on You and Your Word so that I’m not left in a cloud of confusion. Please be patient with me as I figure out this difficult concept of Focus. And be gentle when I need guidance and clarity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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