Come And Behold Him: Isaiah 35; Matthew 11:2-11

Feb 8, 2018


Welcome to Forward Church, a vibrant community that celebrates faith and beliefs. We invite you to join us as we explore the profound teachings of Isaiah 35 and Matthew 11:2-11. In these passages, we discover a powerful message of hope, transformation, and divine fulfillment.

The Promise of Restoration - Isaiah 35

In Isaiah 35, we encounter a vision of God's restoration for His people. It describes a future where barren lands bloom with abundant life, blind eyes are opened, deaf ears are unstopped, and the lame leap like deer. This chapter brims with imagery and poetic language, conveying the incredible restoration and renewal that God promises to bring.

1. Blossoming Deserts

Isaiah paints a beautiful picture of desolate landscapes transformed into flourishing gardens. The chapter presents a metaphorical depiction of the spiritual transformation that occurs when we place our trust in God. Just as the desert blooms, our lives can be transformed with purpose, joy, and divine favor.

2. Healing and Restoration

Isaiah also assures us of God's power to heal physical and spiritual ailments. Blind eyes receiving sight, deaf ears hearing joyful melodies, and the lame finding strength are symbolic of the restoration that God brings to our brokenness. This promise extends beyond physical healing—it encompasses emotional and spiritual healing as well.

The Messiah's Identity - Matthew 11:2-11

Matthew 11:2-11 focuses on the identity of Jesus Christ as the Messiah foretold in the scriptures. It captures a moment when John the Baptist, who is imprisoned, sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is indeed the long-awaited one.

1. John's Doubts and Jesus' Response

John the Baptist, known for his fiery preaching and unwavering commitment to God, expresses a moment of doubt. Jesus responds by pointing to the evidence of His miraculous ministry: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are proclaimed good news. Jesus' response affirms His identity as the Messiah, one who fulfills ancient prophecies and offers salvation to all.

2. Jesus Praises John the Baptist

In this passage, Jesus also honors John the Baptist, recognizing him as a prophet and more than just a mere man. Jesus acknowledges John's pivotal role in preparing the way for Him, emphasizing his spiritual significance.

Exploring the Scriptures Together

At Forward Church, we believe in the transformative power of these teachings. We invite you to join us as we delve deep into the rich meanings and timeless lessons contained within Isaiah 35 and Matthew 11:2-11. Our community is dedicated to fostering spiritual growth, providing a nurturing environment to explore the scriptures.

Benefits of Engaging with Forward Church

By engaging with Forward Church, you can experience the following benefits:

1. Community and Support

Our church provides a warm and welcoming community where individuals can connect, build friendships, and find support. We believe in the power of fellowship and the strength that comes from sharing faith journeys with like-minded individuals.

2. Deep Scriptural Insights

Our dedicated pastors and leaders take the time to study and unpack the scriptures, offering profound insights and practical applications. Through sermons, small groups, and educational programs, we aim to deepen your understanding and enrich your relationship with God.

3. Spiritual Growth and Transformation

At Forward Church, we prioritize spiritual growth and transformation. Our teachings are designed to inspire personal growth, encourage spiritual disciplines, and equip individuals to live a purposeful and impactful life rooted in faith. We strive to empower you on your spiritual journey.

4. Meaningful Worship

Join our vibrant worship services where you can connect with God through praise, prayer, and reflective moments. Our uplifting worship experiences are designed to ignite your spirit, foster a sense of awe, and deepen your connection with the Divine.

5. Outreach and Service Opportunities

As a community rooted in faith, we are passionate about serving others and making a positive impact in our society. We offer various opportunities to engage in outreach activities, volunteering, and missions, allowing you to express your faith through compassionate actions.

Join Forward Church Today

Embrace the transformative power of Isaiah 35 and Matthew 11:2-11 by joining Forward Church today. Experience the warmth of community, engage in profound scriptural teachings, and embark on a journey of spiritual growth and fulfillment. Together, let us behold Him and discover the abundant life He promises.