Reposted from Pastor Weslie Odom
(38 verses, 3:25 to read)
John the Baptist’s work of preparing the way for the Messiah ends in horrific fashion as Jesus proves His divinity through many miraculous acts.
1-12: John the Baptist remains faithful and is put to death.
13-21: Jesus feeds the 5,000 men and those with them.
22-33: Jesus walks on water and rescues Peter
34-36: Jesus heals many in Gennesaret through a touch of his garment
A lot happens in this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel beginning with the end of the work of the voice crying in the wilderness. We’re reminded of the transitional time that John represents, as seen in Matthew 11:13. Now the Christ has come and John’s time has ended. He has seen His Lord and it is enough. God granted him the grace to remain faithful to the end, even the horrific, sadistic end he met at the hands of godless men.
Following John’s beheading there is a serious of well-known miracles in the feeding of the 5,000+, Jesus’ walking on water, and the healing of the sick in Gennesaret. Jesus’ signs are undeniable. They point the truth of His claims, which the disciples summarize well: “Truly you are the Son of God.”
One of the points the Holy Spirit is making in this section of Matthew’s Gospel with its succession of unbelievably powerful and open miracles is to highlight the blindness of the Pharisees and scribes in the following chapter.
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-Pastor Weslie Odom