The Least in the Kingdom is Greater Than He

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Awhile back, the angels suggested  I dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 11:2-11

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

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Jesus’ ministry up to this time, had embodied healing and mercy, which led John to ask the question: ” Are you God’s Messiah?” 

Jesus refers to the Old Testament Scriptures for his response, alluding to several passages from the prophet Isaiah that envision future salvation as a time of merciful healing, wholeness and re-creation of all things. He then adds a gentle but unmistakable admonition to John, urging him to take “no offense”  at Jesus’ activity. The Messiah’s words seem to insist that human expectations cannot and must not govern God’s saving action on behalf of sick and wounded mankind. 

Jesus then turns toward the crowds to clarify the Baptist’s important role in the unfolding of God’s plan of Salvation. [see reference]

 

 

 

Reference: Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2017

Jesus and the Rejection at Nazareth

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On Sundays, when I first began writing Daily Angel Messages, the angels encouraged me to write on the Gospel for that day. With love and gratitude, here is the gospel reading from today with a guided loving message behind it. Gospel of MARK 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished.

They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of Wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, ” A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house”

So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.

He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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This was the beginning of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Jesus came to bring the Good News to his native land, teaching in their synagogue. These were people Jesus loved, and they rejected him and his teaching (because they couldn’t believe that he was a prophet, or that he was the True Son of God.) The angels say this will be the reason many will ask for forgiveness. Additionally, in that time period, they used a word which through the The Greek translation from the Hebrew Bible also translates the word “brother” as cousin or or family or half brother or half sister. (See John 19:25 & MARK 15:40)

God did not put them to the test,  Jesus loved them and wanted to help bring spiritual awareness, but this is what they rejected. Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith because these were Jesus’ friends. God still showed them mercy and allowed Jesus to heal their sick. For God was still with them and showed He loved them, through his mercy and grace. Even though God or Jesus do not favor ridicule, God did not punish them.  Jesus wanted to help heal through compassion, for they knew not what they were saying. God and Jesus require faith when you come before them. Knowing that Jesus is the true Glorified Son of God, and that God rewards those who seek Him in faith. Miracles and wondrous deeds are the true nature of God, which are God’s Spiritual Truth revealed in the physical- the Earth Plane. For nothing is impossible for God. Ask God for a miracle if needed, ask for healing, ask for faith if needed. Ask in faith , believing His Son can help, believing that nothing is impossible for God and for Jesus His Son, who has authority still over God’s Kingdom, eternally.

In Jesus Name

The Angel Team