Matthew 11:1-5. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of
commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and preach
in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of
Christ, he sent two of his disciples. And said unto him, Art thou he
that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said
unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and
see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have
the gospel preached to them.
These were Christ’s seals and proofs: he needed not to seek others.
These were the very works of which prophecy had said they would be the
marks of the Messiah. If then, these marks were found in him, he left
John and his disciples to draw the inference that he was, indeed, the
One that was to come. Christ is always best known by his works, and in
his people especially; he is seen in their lives. There are two great
precepts for the conquest of the world for Christ: the first is, preach
the gospel; but the second is, live the gospel, and if we do not live
the gospel we shall not succeed in preaching the gospel. In fact, those
members of our churches who do not live the gospel undo through all the
week what the preacher of the gospel endeavors to do on the Lord’s Day.
It is a fine thing to preach with your mouth; but the best thing in the
world is to preach with your feet and with your hands — in your walk
and in your work; aid if you are enabled to do this, the people will be
able to say very little against the preaching of the gospel when they
see the result of it in those who accept it. God grant that we may be
all preachers in some way or another.
Matthew 11:6. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
This exposition consisted of readings from Ephesians 2. Matthew 11:1-6.