Today’s Reading: Matthew 10:24-11:6 (additional reading: Psalm 13:1-6 & Proverbs 3:16-18)
John had doubts about who Jesus was. Are you the one? He wasn’t sure Jesus was the one. He wanted to check it out. As he sat in jail, he struggled with what he had heard about Jesus. He questioned, he had doubts, he wondered. He might be thinking, “Lord, where did I go wrong? I did what I thought you wanted. I said what I thought you wanted me to say. You told me that Messiah was coming. But where is he? Where’s the fire, the ax, the judgement he’s supposed to bring? And why, if he’s here, would he let me stay in this place? I’ve heard rumours about this one called Jesus. I thought I knew my cousin pretty well. I remember that day in the Jordan when I baptised him. What a glorious day. I knew it was all beginning then. God’s whole plan was being put into play. But, where is he now? Why isn’t he doing what I said he would do? Is he really the one or should I look for another?
In the book, “A sign in the straw” Pastor Richard Hoefler asks, “Who of us have not cried out with John, ’Are you the Christ, or shall we look for another’? When life gets tough and we see innocent people suffer. The bad so often succeed while the good fail. When we face a world locked in the death grip of one meaningless war after another; when we witness the destruction of nature as greed and desire for comforts drain the earth of her natural resources; when we choke on pollution and stumble over wrecked lives of people struck down by drugs and alcoholism; who can help but cry out, ’If you are the Messiah, why this? Must we, shall we, look for another?’ “When will we learn that faith does not have all the answers? Faith is a risk. Faith is a life of trust, God never promised answers to all our questions. God never promised life without stress. He promises and gives only Himself, with all the dangers and risks of personal encounters.”.:
He states further,”Our hope? Not faith without doubt, but faith within doubts. Not the answers we possess but who possesses us. We may doubt God, but God never doubts us. We may not know the fullness of God’s ways but He with absolute certainty knows us. This is the gospel. This is our life. This is the love that will never let us go.”
Jesus did not fit John’s expectations, but Jesus said loud and clear through His actions that He was indeed the Messiah.