Unexpected

Matthew 11:2-11         
Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.[a]  Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me.” When John’s disciples had gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A stalk blowing in the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in refined clothes? Look, those who wear refined clothes are in royal palaces. What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 He is the one of whom it is written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

John was in prison, hearing stories about Yeshua, so he sent his disciples to check out what was happening. On behalf of John, they asked Yeshua, “Are you the Messiah whom we have been awaiting, or do we have to continue waiting?” Yeshua answered, “Tell John to pay attention to what is happening. Messianism is afoot and people’s lives are being changed.”

Then Yeshua turned his attention to those crowding around him. “Why did you go out into the wilderness to see John? Was it not to see the spectacle? Was it not to be in the presence of a prophet? And he truly was, and more! He has been the advance messenger of something new happening in the world — messiah and the kingdom have arrived, but not as expected. Messiah has not come as a person, but as a dynamic inner process that can transform your hearts and minds, conforming them to the Way of peace, compassion, and justice. As you become conformed to that Way, you become invested in the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice which, instead of the kingdoms of this world, is to become the normalcy of civilization.

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