Matthew 11:2-3

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?”

 

PREACHING AND LISTENING

 

Are you the real deal?  Over the years, variations of this questions have been asked of politicians, novelists, and athletes.  How do we know if someone is for real?  The answer:  watch the actions and listen to the worlds.  Someone’s claims to be the greatest singer ever doesn’t mean much if he’s tone deaf.  And the “Brilliant” writer who never writes doesn’t measure up.  We have a God, though, whose words and actions line up perfectly: big promises and big fulfillments.

 

God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) and there was light.  His Son said “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John15:13).  Then Jesus laid down His life not only for His friends but for His enemies as well.  Words and actions perfectly aligned – that’s the “real deal.”

 

But God doesn’t stop there.  he preaches through the mouths of minister the horror of sin and the joy of forgiveness.  Then He forgives that sin in Baptism, Absolution, and Holy Communion.  God preaches through words and actions, and we listen, praying that those same words and actions would overflow from our lips and our lives.

 

 

From Portals of Prayer (CPH)