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Third Sunday in Advent.

Third Sunday in Advent.

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BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

MATT. xi. 2-10.
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

MATT. xi. 2-10.

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.MATT. xi. 2-10. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another ? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see : The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them : And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see ? a reed shaken with the wind ? But what went ye out for to see,? a man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they chat wear soft clothing are in kings houses. But what went ye out for to see ? a prophet ? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
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As Christmas draws near, our Church directs our attention to one or two points in the history of that holy man, who came to prepare the way for Christ. To-day we read of his sending two of in Advent. 25 his disciples to Jesus, to make certain inquiries of Him. John the Baptist was now in prison, having been sent there by order of Herod. That wicked king had married his brother Philip s wife, and John had fearlessly reproved him for his sin. Whilst he was confined in the dungeon, tidings from time to time reached him of what Jesus was doing, and of what men thought of Him. And we read here that
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he sends two of his disciples to inquire of Him if He was indeed the promised Saviour the great Deliverer sent from God, whose coming had been so often foretold. Why he made this inquiry we cannot tell. There may have been some doubts in his own mind whether He, of whom he had lately heard so much, was the same one whom he had himself baptized, and whom he knew to be the Messiah. He had indeed borne a noble testimony to Christ. He had declared Him to be the Son of God. He had spoken of Him as a Being far greater than himself. He had called attention to Him as c the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the 26 TJiird Sunday
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