2017-07-08 - Doubts
Luke 7:20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'"
John the Baptist was the prophet sent by God to proclaim the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. John attracted huge crowds who wanted to hear his message, and he faithfully performed his duties as a messenger of the Good News to come. As a result of his boldness, John was imprisoned by Herod, and was stuck with prison with an uncertain fate. John must have had doubts. If Jesus were the Messiah, why was John suffering in prison? So John sent two of his disciples to talk to Jesus, and come back and ease John's mind of his doubts.
Today, we experience times of doubts in our Christian lives. Illness, job loss, and the loss of loved ones are just some examples of events that may cause us to have doubts. Just like John the Baptist, we have times when we doubt God and His plan for our lives.
How did Jesus answer John's disciples? Jesus said, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor." (Luke 7:22) Today, when we have doubts, we can look at Jesus and his ministry. We can look at how He came to die for our sins, and how we have a new life as a result.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted