I ended last time by asking what Jesus intended to do about the situation. We quickly find out that he is sending the disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel (and no one else) to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven has come near whilst performing miracles. Ironically they will be like a sheep among wolves, indeed “everyone will hate you because of me.” What was the disciples’ response to his instruction? It sounds quite overwhelming.
Chapter 11 begins with John in prison wondering about Jesus: “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replies by recounting all of the miracles he has done. These are the signs that he is the Messiah. Although he has just told his disciples that they will be abused and persecuted the only one currently facing this is John the Baptist who prepared the way for him rather than those who followed him.
11:27 sounds like it has certain theological implications related to the Trinity: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” How does this impact our reading of the following verses? Our understanding of who the people of God are?
12:6,8 are also important in linking Jesus with God: “I tell you that one greater than the temple is here” and, “the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 12:46-50 records what happened when Jesus’ family turned up to visit. Is it possible that Joseph has died by this point? Jesus’ dedication to the will of his father in heaven reflects his statement in 8:21f.