What Hope? Where is Joy? (Matthew 11:2-11)

Christmas Hope

This past Sunday we were pleased to welcome Peter Gallagher & friends to play some Advent music for us! You can listen to their music along with Wess’s sermon inspired by Matthew 11:2-11.

Messengers from John the Baptist

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

Jesus Praises John the Baptist

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.”
Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

You can also read the passage here online.


  • What catches your attention in this passage?
  • When considering the Advent season, what do you think is most important about what Matthew’s Gospel is getting at here?
  • Where does this text intersect with and support your attempts to “wake up” and “make room” this Christmas for Jesus?

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