There are a lot of solutions offered in the world today. Unfortunately, most worldly solutions don’t identify the root problem — sin. In her song “Look No Further,” Evvie McKinney reminds us that we don’t have to look any further than Jesus for the salvation we seek. Her “look no further than Jesus” response feels like an answer to a question posed in Scripture.
Join me as we take a closer look at the life of John the Baptist and a key question he asks from prison.
In this episode, I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Remember, the people described in the Bible were real
- Ask questions of the text
- Explore the cross-references
- Read with friends
- The 30-Day Music Challenge – ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE
- Looking in all the wrong places to find hope
- John’s question to Jesus – Matthew 11:3
- Understanding John’s history by reading/studying Luke 1
- Zechariah’s prophecy over John – Luke 1:76-80
- Learning even more about John the Baptist’s ministry in Matthew 3
- John was set apart
- John was different
- John was bold
- John knew his purpose
- The context of what was going on in the ministry of Jesus between being baptized by John and John’s imprisonment
- Pondering why John may have asked the question in Matthew 11:3
- Reading the cross-references related to Jesus’ response to John’s question
- Isaiah 19:18-19
- Isaiah 35:5-6
- Isaiah 61:1
- Isaiah 8:11-15
Jesus responds with Scripture to encourage John to “look no further.” He is the promised one. The key for John here is that he must know the Scripture to be encouraged by it.
Check out the official music video of this week’s song below.
More Than a Song Playlist
Read Matthew 11 and let it inspire you to explore all of the Scriptures related to John the Baptist in both the New and Old Testaments. Then, go back to John’s question to ponder how such a man of God could end up in such a season of doubt. But don’t ponder alone! Enlist a friend to study this with you to broaden your perspective.