flawed greatness

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Luke 7:24-28

Luk 7: 24 When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you expect to see when you went out into the desert? A reed shaken by the wind?
Luk 7: 25 What did you expect to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Notice, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury are in kings’ courts!
Luk 7: 26 What did you expect to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
Luk 7: 27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Notice, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
Luk 7: 28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.”

flawed greatness

John had just questioned Jesus’ purpose, and even his identity. Yet, Jesus tells the crowds that John is essentially the greatest human alive. John’s temporary doubts do not diminish his worth in the Lord’s sight, nor his identity as God’s messenger. Jesus sees beyond his weakness and sees his permanent value.

But what do we make of Jesus other statement that “the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is”? Jesus is not implying that John has no membership in the future kingdom. No, he looks beyond everyone’s present state and status when he talks about being in the kingdom here. He’s talking about the kingdom consummated. Even the poorest Christian living forever in God’s restored perfection on earth is greater than the greatest saint today. So, when one of us falters today, perhaps failing here or doubting there, God’s grace covers the weakness. He’s not finished with us yet.

LORD, thank your for present forgiveness and future perfection.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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