"John the Baptist, having done exactly what God has wanted him to do, finds himself in prison and about to be beheaded. He sends his disciples to ask Jesus, 'Are you the Messiah, or should we seek someone else?'" Matthew 11:2-6
I used to think John was questioning Jesus. However, he knows who Jesus is and he, John, knows he is about to die. So, he sends his followers to Jesus to become disciples of Christ. Jesus tells them, “Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard.” In other words, go back and tell John that you believe the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. Tell John that he has accomplished what God the Father had for him to do (Jeremiah 29). Tell him that those who have been living in darkness now see the LIGHT, that those crippled by the enemy now walk in that Light, that those who were living in sin are now cleansed by the power of the Holy Spirit, that those who refused to listen to the WORD are now living by it, and that those who were dead to the SPIRIT are now alive and are preaching the Good News. Now John can die in Peace (John 16:33) and he knows that he has been blessed by God. “God blesses those who do not turn away because of me” (v.6). When we proclaim that we are followers of Christ, do we truly know how blessed we are, and that we can die in peace, or are we looking for something else? Jesus has already done what He is going to do. Like John the Baptist, those who are persecuted in this world for being followers of Jesus, yet do not turn away, shall be truly blessed.
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