The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ ” In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Luke 7:18-23
Doubts? I do not know many people who never have doubts, probably none. And yes Christians are just as prone to doubts about our faith. Many times these doubts creep in when we are going through some crisis. We lose our job for no apparent reason. Someone close to us dies. It seems there is never enough money. We look around and those we know are not Christians seem to be doing just fine. Why we ask is God letting this happen to us.
John is just like us. He is in prison because he spoke the truth about Herod and his wife. Before prison he saw many of his followers leave him for Jesus. He was doing everything God asked and all he has to show for it is a prison cell. So is it any wonder that John would send his disciples to ask if Jesus was the Messiah?
Jesus could have rebuked John. After all didn’t John know what had happened when he baptized Jesus in the Jordan River? Jesus however tells John’s disciples to go back and tell John what Jesus has been doing. Jesus tells them that He is fulfilling what Isaiah wrote in chapter 61 verses 1 and 2a, that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” To this Jesus adds the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up. Jesus is doing the things only God can do.
Jesus sends them back to John so that John will know that the work he has done for God was not in vain. That not only had the Messiah come but that John was witness to that coming. God does not hold our doubts against us. He knows that we are still in our weak flesh. And if God does not hold our doubts against should we beat ourselves up over them? When those doubts creep in we need to remember that what God has promised us is not of this world but of the next.
Whatever we are going through, however unfair it may seem to us there is always someone who has endured worse. All we need do is look to Jesus. Talk about unfair. Jesus led a sinless life. Jesus was God. Yet Jesus endured the worst possible death. He suffered so that we could live. Rarely are any of us asked to give our life for our faith. So when doubts creep in turn your thought back to God’s Word and His promise. Know that whatever we endure it is only temporary.
Have a blessed day,