Luke 7:24-35 John Prepared The Way For The Coming One.

Jesus gives His own testimony as to who John was. He was not a yes man living in the luxury of a king’s court. John was a man in the wilderness calling people to repentance (vv. 24-25 Cf. Mt. 11:7-19). The wilderness motif is one which speaks to sinful rebellion. The wilderness is not a resting place, it is a place of rebellion where one must make an about face and begin walking in the direction which God calls. John preached a message of repentance and in so doing directed people to the Coming One. This is how he helped prepare the way for the Lord. In this respect he was more than a prophet (vv. 26-27 Cf. Is. 40:3; Mal. 3:1; Mt. 11:10; Mk. 1:2). There was no greater prophet, but Jesus said that even the least in the messianic kingdom was greater-this is because of the progress of revelation and redemption (v. 28 Cf. Lk. 1:15).

Those who responded favourably to John’s message and acknowledged their sin, also received Jesus’ message, declaring that God is justified or righteous in His judgment (v. 29 Cf. Mt. 3:5). On the other hand, the Pharisees and lawyers, who did not see the need for repentance or acceptance of Jesus as the Christ, “rejected the will of God for themselves.” (v. 30) That generation had the attitude that the Lord owed them, that they earned their acceptance (vv. 31-32 Cf. Mt. 11:16). John denied himself the simple pleasures of life for a life in the wilderness calling people to repentance. For this he was thought to be demon possessed. Jesus enjoyed eating and drinking and restoring sinners to fellowship, and He is considered a glutton and a drunk (vv. 33-34 Cf. Mt. 3:1-4; Lk. 15:2). Wisdom sees the appropriateness of the actions of both for the messages and work they came to proclaim and perform (v. 35 Cf. Mt. 11:19).

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