Bible Study: The Coming Christ


 Matthew 11:2-15

In verse 2, Matthew calls Jesus, ”The Christ” which meant, “The Anointed One.” In the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings were all anointed. How does Jesus fulfill all of these functions?  Hebrews 1:1-3

How does God choose His anointed? Isaiah 44:28, 45:1

What does John mean by asking, “Are you the one who is to come?” Psalm 118:26; Matthew 21:9, 23:39; Mark 11:9; Luke 13:35; 19:38; John 6:14, 11:27, 12:13; Hebrews 10:37

Where is John at this time? Matthew 14:1-5

Why do you believe John doubted? Matthew 3:7-12

Why was Jesus’ response in verses 4-5 the proper response?

*Interesting fact* In verse 5 we see the only place where the verb form of “Good News” (Gospel) is used in all of Scripture.

Explain the significance of Jesus’ statement about people being offended at Him. What does it mean to be offended, and why were many people offended at Him?

Is verse 6 a rebuke of John. Explain

Why do you suppose Matthew decided to include this apparent lack of faith in his writings?

Why do you suppose John’s disciples left after receiving the answer? Why didn’t they hang around to hear Jesus speak?

In verses 7 and 8, notice the threefold parallelism. What is Jesus really asking? Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 40:3; Mark 1:2-3

How was John, “More than a prophet?”

In what sense was Jesus’ affirming the significance of the new age by saying that among women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist? Jeremiah 31:31-34

Why does Jesus then say, “Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he?”

Interpret verse 12 in a positive and negative sense. Luke 16:16

Are verse 13-14 implying that the Old Testament covenant has ended with John?

*Interesting Fact* “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” This idiom (present participle and present imperative) refers to the fact that unless the Holy Spirit aids believers’ insight they cannot understand spiritual truth. However, it also implies that the willingness of the individual to hear and respond is also necessary.

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