April 21st, 2022
Week 16, Day 4
April 21, 2022
Scripture: Matthew 11
“When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”” (Matthew 11:2–6, TNIV)
From time to time, it is good for us to give pause and reflect on our life. John the Baptist spent his life sharing the hope of the coming Messiah. While in prison, he probably had quite a bit of time to reflect on his life. He asks a question, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
It’s strange that John would ask this question, especially after baptizing Jesus.
He seemed quite certain that Jesus was the one back then, but now he asks the question “are you the one, or is someone else coming?”
Jesus tells John’s disciples to just give a report about what they are seeing and hearing about the Messiah. He is healing the sick, announcing the Good News of the Kingdom, and so much more.
John was right, this Jesus is the Messiah.
Pause and reflect today. What is it that God is up to today? Are there people being helped? Is the Good News being proclaimed? Are the sick healed? The poor cared for?
Jesus is still at work, for us and through us. This Jesus really is the Messiah, the Savior of the World. Trust in Him.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.