Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Daily - 12/9/09

Matthew 11:11-15

11 Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.

13 All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John.

14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come.

15 Whoever has ears ought to hear.

Christ is announcing his divinity in this passage. Up until the time of John, all the prophets and the law prophesied (ie, foretold). But with John, the Kingdom of God is at hand. John -- who lived in poverty in the desert and preached repentance, is in spirit Elijah, who according to Scripture would come before the Messiah.