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“A Unique Relationship”
Jesus had a unique relationship with His cousin John the Baptist.
Of course, in their first meeting, they were both in the womb. But they don’t have the kind of relationship that we might think cousins have.
Please read the following verses.
I think you will see what I mean
Luke 7:18-30
18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'”
21 At that very time, Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.
26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘ I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right because they had been baptized by John.
30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves because they had not been baptized by John.)
So it would seem as if these cousins don’t know each other very well. For sure, Jesus knew his cousin very well.
And it would seem that John knew about Jesus.
As we study this relationship, we see they were both consumed by their Heavenly Father’s work.
They both played the perfect, unique role designed for them.
Oh, that you and I might be as faithful to the Lord God as they were. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can certainly move in that direction.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing.

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