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An Audience of One

Matthew 11:16-19, Luke 7:31-35

November 07, 2004

Matthew 11:16-19 (NLT)

"How shall I describe this generation? These people are like a group of children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, [17] ’We played wedding songs, and you weren’t happy, so we played funeral songs, but you weren’t sad.’ [18] For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he often fasted, and you say, ’He’s demon possessed.’ [19] And I, the Son of Man, feast and drink, and you say, ’He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it."

John The Baptist

- Followed a Nazarite vow

– Dietary restrictions

– Hair was not cut

- Desert preacher – Matthew 3:1-2

Matthew 3:1-2 (NLT)

In those days John the Baptist began preaching in the Judean wilderness. His message was, [2] "Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

John The Baptist

- Followed a Nazarite vow

– Dietary restrictions

– Hair was not cut

- Desert preacher – Matthew 3:1-2

– Message of repentance

- Lived a little differently – Matthew 3:4

Matthew 3:4 (NLT)

John’s clothes were woven from camel hair, and he wore a leather belt; his food was locusts and wild honey.

The Ministry of Jesus

- Jesus went to where the people were – Matthew 4:23; 9:10-11

Matthew 4:23 (NLT)

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease.

Matthew 9:10-11 (NLT)

That night Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. [11] The Pharisees were indignant. "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?" they asked his disciples.

The Ministry of Jesus

- Jesus went to where the people were – Matthew 4:2; 9:10-11

– Meeting others at their point of need

– Looking for opportunities to touch lives

- Jesus message was simple – Matthew 4:17

Matthew 4:17 (NLT)

From then on, Jesus began to preach, "Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

The Critics

- Had their own ideas of what true “religion” should look like

– Dress

– Actions

– Associations

- Their fault finding was inconsistent

– Their issues with John contradicted their issues with Jesus – Luke 7:33-34

Luke 7:33-34 (NLT)

For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he often fasted, and you say, ’He’s demon possessed.’ [34] And I, the Son of Man, feast and drink, and you say, ’He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!’

The Critics

- Had their own ideas of what true “religion” should look like

– Dress

– Actions

– Associations

- Their fault finding was inconsistent

– Their issues with John contradicted their issues with Jesus – Luke 7:33-34

- They did not examine their bias in light of scripture

Important Truths

- John and Jesus were faithful to their individual calling

– Each was unique

– God used their uniqueness for His glory

- Their message was a message of repentance


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