MUSINGS – February 16, 2019
DOUBT AND VERIFICATION
After Jesus finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he moved on from there to teach his message in their cities. When John was in prison, he heard about the things Christ had done. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?” Jesus answered John’s disciples, “Go back, and tell John what you hear and see: Blind people see again, lame people are walking, those with skin diseases are made clean, deaf people hear again, dead people are brought back to life, and poor people hear the Good News. Whoever doesn’t lose his faith in me is indeed blessed.”
Read John 1:29-36 and you’ll find John’s revelation that Jesus is the Son of God. He even spread the news that he had seen the proof with his own eyes. And Jesus will testify that, “Of all the people ever born, no one is greater than John the Baptizer.” (Matthew 11:11) Yet this great man, from his prison cell asked, “Are you the one?”
As strange as it may seem, John’s doubt gives me faith. If a great man like John the Baptizer had questioned his own belief, then lesser people, like myself, who have doubts and questions, are free to question Jesus. Jesus didn’t condemn him for his questioning. He sent him proof. Jesus will do the same for us.
Lord, I believe. Forgive my unbelief. Amen.
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