“This is the one about whom it is written: ‘BEHOLD, I AM SENDING MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’” – Matthew 11:10
The crowds following Jesus are now hearing about John the Baptist. Christ is reminding them that when the people went to see John in the wilderness, preaching about the kingdom and baptizing, he was strong and wore rough clothes (Matthew 11:7–9). Jesus has described John the Baptist as a prophet and more than a prophet. Now He quotes from Malachi 3:1 to show what He means.
John the Baptist was the fulfilment of Malachi’s prophecy: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me” (Malachi 3:1) These words are spoken by the Lord of the one who will come before Him when He comes. This is a prophecy about the Messiah.
It’s extremely important to note that Jesus confirms His own identity as the Messiah by making this reference. His insistence that John is the one Scriptures predicted to herald the Messiah means Jesus Himself is the Messiah. Jesus is upholding both John as God’s messenger and Himself as the “one who is to come” (Matthew 11:3).
Be sure to read and understand that last paragraph. This was once again Jesus proclaiming His identity as the promised Messiah.
How is Jesus the Messiah in your life? Is He? Do you give Him complete control?
Things to think about today….