Go and tell John what you have seen

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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4 Responses to Go and tell John what you have seen

  1. Until Pentecost the Disciples were without the indwelling of The Holy Spirit David, they had no power only what was given to them by Jesus, He told them to wait and pray until The Spirit came and than to share the Gospel with all the world. Yes as you said David they were weak in their flesh but they did not stay that way, as confirmed in Scripture, we see what their response was after Jesus indwelt them by the empowering of The Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:16-18 -Colossians 1:27-29 -Galatians 3:26-28 -2 Corinthians 13:4-6 -1 Corinthians 1:29-31)

    Galatians 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who Loved me, and gave Himself for me.(KJV)

    Ephesians 3:16-18 That he would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in Love, May be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;(KJV)

    God asks us to be perfected in Love, this is why Paul tells us to put our flesh to death (Romans8 :12-15-Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) and aim to be perfected in Love, until we do we are influenced by the flesh as Paul shared in Romans7 but we have been set free from it’s slavery, which is sin, by Jesus and Paul tells us how we are to put our flesh to death in Romans8. When Christ is in us we walk as He did but not just when we die but Now!

    1John 4:16-19 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    What Paul suffered below shows his strength in Christ Jesus.

    2 Corinthians 11:24-31 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own Countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the Churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

    What did Paul hold onto in his trials, what kept him safe so he was not burned up by Satan’s Testing as he was being put to the test by Satan, the same empowering that keeps us strong to the end.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, thanks for sharing. David

  3. John Paine says:

    On this and other occasions Jesus staked His credibility on the miracles He performed. For example, in John 10:37-38 He said, “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Jesus wasn’t just talking the talk–He gave us proof. So when John doubted, Jesus gave him proof–and did so gently.

  4. dwwork says:

    John, thanks for your comment, David

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