Sunday Bible Study: Matthew 11:2-11
We continued our journey through Advent by reflecting on our personal expectations of the coming Messiah. To quote the title of the Bible study: "What are you waiting for?" This question has many meanings: who is the Messiah for you? What is the role of the Messiah? Will God's reign be in heaven, earth, everywhere, or something else? As we wait for the Second Advent, what is the Messiah's role in our life now?
We started our discussion and reflections by thinking of judgment and freedom: what role does the Messiah play? (the One who comes to judge us or the One who comes to liberate us from our sins...or someone who is best described somewhere in between these descriptions). We read our Scripture (Matthew 11:2-11) and discussed John the Baptist's question: "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" John had known Jesus for many years, so what is behind his question? Perhaps he asks for our benefit, but perhaps he asks because of his understanding of what the Messiah was "supposed" to do and who the Messiah was "supposed" to be...and, who is the Messiah we are waiting for?
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): Something about the coming of the Messiah is covered in mystery: how do you pray and approach that mystery? How do we witness to Christ's work among us? (Read the study guide, "Where is God..." and reflect on the picture of the altarpiece); As we wait for the coming of Christ, what are you waiting for?
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: