At the beginning of Matthew 11, John the Baptist is in prison and seems to be giving up hope. He sends his disciples to Jesus to ask an important question…”Are you really the Messiah or should we keep looking?” I
n response, Jesus paraphrases parts of Isaiah 35 and 61, then says, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.” What does this mean? Matthew 11 is a chapter focused on having a right understanding of Jesus: who he was, why he came and what he offers.
And what Jesus offers to a world wearied by sin, chaos, death, and destruction is…rest. And this rest is found in Christ alone.