Matthew 11:1-5 (NIV)
Jesus and John the Baptist
1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
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.
It’s amazing to think that as John the Baptist sat in prison he makes one last request of his disciples. He sends them to find out if Jesus is “the one” or should they expect another. It’s amazing that he needed to know for certain because it was John who baptised Jesus and saw for himself the Spirit of God descend on Jesus like a dove.
You could have assumed that this supernatural encounter would’ve been enough for anyone to believe, especially John the Baptist.
But I think Johns request for confirmation was more to strengthen his own faith, to bring resolve in his own heart in the light of the very real threat of death. So Christ instead of defending his deity with pride and arrogance, simply says to John’s disciples go back and report what you’ve heard and seen…it was the fulfilment of prophecy from the prophets of old. This would have been of great comfort to John and brought him a real sense of peace.
In our times of struggle, in the dark moments of our lives, as with John, remind yourselves of who Christ is and what he has done in the past and will do in your future. Let it be resolved in your heart that Jesus Christ is the one there is no other.
Cheering you on, have a great week.
Blessings and love,
Nu and Taua.