“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 was in prison, he had been sent ahead of Jesus by God to clear the path for the Messiah. He like most probably thought Jesus would come in judgment and wrath, punishing, banishing, and brandishing the sword. But this Jesus was nothing like that. He preached forgiveness and sat down with sinners. John was having a moment of doubt. Life was hard, he may have been mistreated, and he surely was wondering if he had missed something. So, when his disciples came to see him, he sent them away with this question: ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ His disciples went to Jesus and asked that very thing. Jesus was not angry, he did not condemn John for his doubt, instead, Jesus responded by telling John that he had accomplished what He had been sent to accomplish as their Messiah.
And as the old saying goes, the proof was in the pudding. The deeds he had done, the healings that had happened, all that he had done had been and was being reported. The prophets in the old testament had foretold that Jesus would do these very things. Scripture was being fulfilled in their seeing.
All too often in this life when things happen that cause us pain, or confusion; when things seem unfair and relentless. We have doubts about God. Are you there? Do you see the pain I am in, the hurt I carry? Do you hear my prayers? Don’t you see what they have done? Can’t you make this all go away and stop? And just like John God reminds us of who He is. He doesn’t get angry at our doubt, He doesn’t chastise us in any way. He understands us, He sees our hearts and He points us to His word, which brings life. In these pages and passages, we see time and again where he delivered, and rescued. We can see his faithfulness to His people. We can be reminded that His promises are true. His word is life. In these pages of scripture, we see how the prophecies of old were fulfilled just as they had been foretold, and as we read further into the New Testament we read that one day, “that day,” Jesus will return and all things will be made right. This life is temporary, all its hurts, hardships, and disappointments are meant to perfect us, and move us closer to Jesus.
God doesn’t always remove the hard from our lives, it doesn’t mean that He is uncaring, or has not heard your cry for help, but instead, He may be using that very thing to do a work inside of you that is far more important than your immediate comfort. Again, I remind you we have not been promised an easy path, we have been told we will suffer many trials in this life, but we are to remember God is with us, and He has overcome it all. He is victorious! Every battle whether you can see it or feel it has a victory banner already waving over you in the spirit world. Jesus has conquered death, hell, and the grave.
We each need to take our doubts to Jesus. Tell him all about it, and let the oil of His presence and the nourishment of His word, restore our faith, make us strong, and bring joy back to our hearts! He is who He said He was. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is always with us and will never forsake us. It is His word, and it is the truth!