Reality Television shows often share a similar format. Shows like Bar Rescue, Garage Restoration and Home Makeover attempt to give someone a better life. Candidates are chosen based upon human interest stories, tragic events or unfortunate circumstances. Producers reveal the past, present and the potential future if given a chance to succeed. The climax occurs at the final reveal with some sharing an update of life since the show was filmed.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children, Matthew 11:25.
The Bible refers to another reveal. In the Old Testament, prophets spoke of a coming Messiah, one who would save people from their sins. After John the Baptist arrived early in the first century, Jews began to wonder, is this the One? When John heard of these rumors, he quickly silenced them. John refers to himself as a messenger, preparing the way for the one to come.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” – Matthew 11:2-3
While in prison, John sent his disciples to receive assurance on his hunch about Jesus. The verse above highlights the initial question. Likely frustrated, Jesus replies with a question of his own. You see, Jesus’ teaching style forced followers to figure things out on their own. Thus, instead of dumbing things down, Jesus put the onus back on John’s disciples. What do all these miracles mean? What do you think? At the end of chapter 11, Jesus confirms what some suspected, He is the Son of God. This is the final reveal, the exclamation point of the gospel, “Jesus came to restore that which was lost,” Luke 19:10.
by Jay Mankus