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Lesson 22

Although their message was very similar, the lifestyle of Jesus was very different from John the Baptist. So much so that John wasn’t completely sure Jesus was the one to come after him. For proof of his authenticity Jesus pointed to the healing miracles he was performing. Jesus performed miracles from the time he began his earthly ministry and yet the people and the leaders refused to believe what he told them. Justifying their disbelief in what they had just witnessed, they were always asking for a miracle bigger and better than the last. Jesus was not bringing the worldly kingdom they thought he would. They wanted freedom from their national oppressors and bring the prominence to their nation that God had promised, therefore nothing he did would have persuaded them. When will God fulfill all his promises to the Israelite nation? What miracles do you look for? Is having the word of God preserved in the Bible a miracle? Do you believe what God has preserved in his written word as he had it recorded or do you alter it in any way to match your personal beliefs? Did Jesus expect people would follow what he told them to do?

Luke 7:18-23 Easy-to-Read Version
18 John’s followers told him about all these things. John called for two of his followers. 19 He sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one we heard was coming, or should we wait for someone else?” 20 So the men came to Jesus. They said, “John the Baptizer sent us to you with this question: ‘Are you the one who is coming, or should we wait for someone else?’” 21 Right then Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses and diseases. He healed those who had evil spirits and made many who were blind able to see again. 22 Then he said to John’s followers, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind can see. The crippled can walk. People with leprosy are healed. The deaf can hear. The dead are brought back to life. And the Good News is being told to the poor. 23 Great blessings belong to those who don’t have a problem accepting me.”

Luke 7:30-34
30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law refused to accept God’s plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.) 31 “What shall I say about the people of this time? What can I compare them to? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group of children calls to the other children and says, ‘We played flute music for you, but you did not dance; we sang a sad song, but you did not cry.’ 33 John the Baptizer came and did not eat the usual food or drink wine. And you say, ‘He has a demon inside him.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking. And you say, ‘Look at him! He eats too much and drinks too much wine! He is a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is shown to be right by those who accept it.”

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