Wednesday Word 12.14.2016
Matthew 11:2-6 New International Version
2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
John, who had baptized Jesus himself (Matthew 3:13-17), still asked the question, “Are you the one who is to come…?” This is the same John who had spent his entire life dedicated to God’s service: living in seclusion in the wilderness, abstaining from alcohol and delicious foods, totally focused on upholding the Word of God. As dedicated to the Lord as he was, John still sent emissaries to confirm that this miracle worker was the true Messiah whose coming was foretold.
If John the Baptist needed to seek confirmation, what about the rest of us? How do you know that Jesus is the Messiah?
Can you explain what you believe to someone who doesn’t know much about Jesus? Most of us would croak if we were asked to stand on a street corner and profess our faith to all who passed by! But the occasion will arise at some point in time. You may be talking about what you did last weekend or what your Christmas plans might be and the subject of church may well be brought up. Or someone might ask you how you were able to come through a difficult situation. Or someone may say, “You go to church, don’t you? Why get stuck with all those rules and people judging you all the time?” How would you verbalize your relationship with Jesus?
We are human beings. Sometimes doubt creeps into our hearts. Sometimes we become uncertain of what we thought we knew yesterday. We are very fortunate. We have the printed history of God’s relationship with his people to help us understand and grow in our faith and service. Even so, we are still human beings. Sometimes we need to send our questions up and seek reassurance from our Father and our Savior. Open your hearts and wait for the response. This is the season for waiting…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ,