Luke 7:28-35 follows John’s messengers coming and questioning Jesus. With the voice of Jesus this passages accomplishes two tasks, elevates the name of John and diminishes the name of those who refused John’s baptism. Those who refused John’s baptism “rejected God’s purpose for themselves.” (NRSV) They also rejected Jesus’ ministry. They rejected John when came “eating no bread and drinking no wine” and they rejected Jesus when he came “eating and drinking.”
They rejected both John and Jesus because God had not acted in the way they had expected God to act. This is a vivid example of our eagerness to criticize and grumble. How do we protect ourselves from this? How do we stay ready to be surprised by God?