More Than a Prophet

Matthew 11:1-15 — John the Baptist was more than a prophet. But are you, Christian, greater than he? You must be!

Questions to help personalize the lesson

  • What should I do with my own doubts regarding spiritual matters?
  • How highly do I value the witness of another?
  • If I show another what I see and hear, would it be helpful to him?
  • Offended in Jesus? Me? Why? When?
  • What motivates me to go hear the visiting preacher?
  • How well does my heart use my ears?

Where the least are more than a prophet

“Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11). He was more than a prophet!

Least in the kingdom of heaven — do others know what that means…by looking at you?!

Least is an attitude about ourselves. Read it all

Our High Priest’s Prayer for Us

John 17:10-26 — Oneness, holiness, protection, preservation: all included in Jesus’ prayer for us.

Jesus wasn’t trying to burnish His record at the end of His life. He wasn’t self-deluded, attempting to paint failure into looking like success. Again, Jesus was judging rightly and righteously. He knew exactly what He was talking about. The Father knew the utter truthfulness of what the Son had just said. God knew those men had already become tributes of His faithfulness and grace, of His teaching and discipling, of His keeping and perfecting. He knew the best was yet to come in their lives.

The disciples heard Jesus’ testimony of them to His Father. They heard the Advocate speaking in their favor. What a comfort for Jesus’ disciples then and now!

Jesus would shortly leave the world to return to the Father in Heaven. His disciples would stay behind. Would they stay true? Only One who is holy could keep Jesus’ followers while they are in the world. So Jesus asked His Holy Father to keep His disciples. Despite the good report Jesus gave of His good work in them, they still needed to be kept by God. Jesus was not about to leave His disciples to their own devices and their own strength.

Jesus wanted His disciples to be one as the Trinity is one. He desired that His followers have an intertwined identity and relationship such as exists in the Godhead. Only the Holy Father’s keeping could bring about something so incomprehensible. He would do that. He would keep them in Him. He would keep them together. Read it all

Praying for Christians

Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21 — If I believed others’ spiritual success depended on it, would I do better at praying for Christians?

What shall I pray?

“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2).

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).

“That…the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:17).

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know…” (Ephesians 1:18).

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). Read it all

Above all, love God!