The Gospel of Matthew, Part 24

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 24


Matthew 11:1-11
Christ and John the Baptist

“Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Is this a question for the sake of John’s disciples? Is this a question of impatience? Or is this a question of dawning faith and hope?

When we understand Jesus’ response in an accent of confidence, we can fully understand its meaning.

Christ as Judge expects us to live a life of deeds as did He. He is the ultimate prototype of what Christianity is and how to live as a Christian. Our deeds ought to be out of a sacrificial love for each other, whom are made in the image and likeness of Christ. When we act rather than talk, we are truly following in Christ’s footsteps and listening to His command.

“What did you go out into the wilderness to see?”

When we go out into the streets for a walk or by the ocean, do we go with the intent of seeing the same thing over and over again? Or do we go out in the hopes that we see something extraordinary? Surely the sea breeze and salty air are something that cannot be found within the central US.

Likewise, do we run to Jesus to only view a man? Or do we embrace Him as our Savior and benefactor? We are able to embrace Christ because we have the extraordinary blessing of seeing the cross of Christ.

We are given the full revelation of the love of God.

John had the destiny that sometimes falls to us; he had had the task of pointing people to greatness into which he did not enter.

We should never be discouraged, if we have a dream to which we have toiled and labored for that never worked out before the end of the day. We have the cross though which we are given the extraordinary gift of the Kingdom of Heaven.

About author

Fr. John Codis

Father John was born in Southampton N.Y. He served as an altar boy during his youth at the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Chruch. He is a graduate of Hellenic College with a B.A. and received his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA in 2012. He is supported in his ministry by his wife Abigail. He was ordained to the priesthood in August 5th, 2012 and assigned to Saint Demetrios as the assistant priest.