What did you come to see?
If you go seeking the truth about Christianity from faithful men of God who preach Jesus Christ, His kingdom, and immersion. What exactly do you think you’ll find? Denominational speakers? Doesn’t one go to the hospital in search for a physician? Likewise one goes to the church of Christ for the truth.
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John who would immerse people in water for the forgiveness of their sins (Mk. 1:4). This context came about because of the prior verses (18-23).
These religious people had grown dull as to what they expected a man of God to look like, speak like, and behave like. They had adapted the world’s standard of judgment and discernment for what a religious leader was to imitate. And John who immersed, was the furthest thing from what they were willing to accept. The same was said of the prophets, Christ, and His apostles.
And what of those in this age, in the church? They’ve been raised on motivational speeches instead of doctrinal legality. They’ve been to so called, “Christian” colleges and universities, became best friends with hip youth ministers, and now believe themselves eloquent theologians, enlightened virtue signalers. They don’t do anything per say to preach and/or evangelize, but they’ve become experts on criticizing those who do. Do you think the unrighteous judgment and standard of religious people in the day of Jesus was an isolated problem? Of course not! The epidemic remains alive today. We have all these snowflakes who perceive the passion, animation, conviction, courage, strength, knowledge and public display of faithful gospel preaching as a trigger for their meltdown. Their idea of what Christianity should look like is much different than the way the Bible reveals it. They serve a worldly god, and allocate their own emotions as compatible with Holy Writ. Foolishness.
In this account, Jesus teaches the people. Brings to their remembrance, that a man of God is not at all what this current generation of religious people now perceive. A man of God looks like, speaks like, and lives like the Bible says. What they were seeking was to find the same thing they’d been feeding on for decades, fluff and cowards. Progressives, leftists (Mt. 25:33).
Verse 24: “What did you go out to see?” A coward, a weakling, a leftist, a pacifist, a socialist?
Verse 25: “But what did you go out to see?” A wealthy and famous religious speaker? One who is loved by everyone and never offends anyone with that “pesky” truth?
Verse 26: Now if you came to see a prophet, yes even one more important. A man of God who looks like, speaks like, and behaves like, a man of God. Than yes, you’ll find one!
Verse 27: This man of God came looking, speaking, and behaving according to what the Scripture describes, and not what this current generation of narcissistic virtue-signalers perceive.
Verse 28: And though this man of God came according to the standard of the Bible, those coming with great power from on high on the day of Pentecost will be stronger than he.
Verse 29: Some people were able to recognize the law of God through the preaching of John, because again, John wasn’t the snowflake they were looking for.
To the world, John was not “humble.” He was “arrogant, dismissive, offending, unloving, pushing people away, alienating them.”
And speaking of such people, verse 30 reveals the ilk in which Christ rebukes. Christ goes on to say that it would not matter how John came, if he would have come as a snowflake, a weakling, a coward, just like them, they’d still criticized him. John could have done nothing right in their eyes. So instead of encouraging John and listening to the substance of the msg he was publicly sharing, they ridiculed him and slandered him.
Verse 33, John was not like they wanted him to be and so they had to create fault in him to the public eye.
Verse 34, and not only John, but they did the same to Jesus. Christ was loud and public, strong and courageous, nothing like they wanted Him to be. And so, they create fault in Him.
Friends, be those who recognize a man of God. Identify those who preach the truth with boldness and courage. Proclaim the purpose for mankind through the Word of God.