KINGDOM101: Matthew 11

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Matthew 11:1-6 records John the Baptist’s own questions about Jesus as he wrestled with doubt and discouragement from prison. What happens when expectation and experience do not line up? Is doubt ever allowed when moving on kingdom assignments? What can we learn from Jesus’ answer to John’s question? Henson addresses these questions and more in this teaching.

Questioned openly, Jesus affirms the person and ministry of John the Baptist openly. In doing so, He establishes His own Messiahship. And yet, the main point in Matthew 11:7-15 is about the kingdom of God and how it will continue to be opposed. Against this, and in spite of this, everyone is invited to kingdom greatness, to say ‘yes’ to serving the King.

When it comes to understanding the aspects of the kingdom of God, there is so much to learn and grasp. Although Jesus and John appeared to be different in the way they ministered, they were both right and relevant. It wasn’t either/so but both/and. From Matthew 11:16-24, Henson shows how we can better embrace these tensions as we navigate the marketplace of ministries these days and also remain faithful to our own kingdom assignments.

Matthew 11:25-30 closes the entire episode surrounding John and Baptist and Jesus. The chapter began with the messenger but rightly ends with the Messiah. Jesus emphasises again the place of divine revelation and the expectation of personal response. When we accept the invitation of Jesus to take up His yoke and to learn from Him, we find rest even as we fulfil our responsibilities.

#80 Matt 11:1-6 Not As Expected

Matthew 11:1-6 records John the Baptist’s own questions about Jesus as he wrestled with doubt and discouragement from prison. What happens when expectation and experience do not line up? Is doubt ever allowed when moving on kingdom assignments? What can we learn from Jesus’ answer to John’s question? Henson addresses these questions and more in this teaching.

#81 Matt 11:7-15 Kingdom Greatness

Questioned openly, Jesus affirms the person and ministry of John the Baptist openly. In doing so, He establishes His own Messiahship. And yet, the main point in Matthew 11:7-15 is about the kingdom of God and how it will continue to be opposed. Against this, and in spite of this, everyone is invited to kingdom greatness, to say ‘yes’ to serving the King.

#82 Matt 11:16-24 Laugh or Cry?

When it comes to understanding the aspects of the kingdom of God, there is so much to learn and grasp. Although Jesus and John appeared to be different in the way they ministered, they were both right and relevant. It wasn’t either/so but both/and. From Matthew 11:16-24, Henson shows how we can better embrace these tensions as we navigate the marketplace of ministries these days and also remain faithful to our own kingdom assignments.

#83 Matt 11:25-30 Good Yoke

Matthew 11:25-30 closes the entire episode surrounding John and Baptist and Jesus. The chapter began with the messenger but rightly ends with the Messiah. Jesus emphasises again the place of divine revelation and the expectation of personal response. When we accept the invitation of Jesus to take up His yoke and to learn from Him, we find rest even as we fulfil our responsibilities.

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