“Are you the Expected One or do we look for another?”
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Sometimes when we are weary in the battle of life we look around at other Christians and they seem to wear a perpetual grin on their faces and appear to live care free lives. We ask ourselves why we are so unspiritual as to let life get us down and doubting.
In our passage today we hear a message from the most spiritual and wonderful person in history up to Jesus’ time. Jesus says so Himself. Yet this amazing man of God had some serious doubts about Jesus and sent friends to ask Him if He was really the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy or should they look for someone else.
The man who sent this message of doubt to Jesus is none other than John the Baptist, the older cousin to our Lord. John had fearlessly proclaimed to the crowds that attended his preaching that Jesus was the Lamb of God Who would take away the sins of the world. (John 1:29). John was very powerful as a witness to Jesus and had prophesied that Jesus would act in judgment and separate the wheat from the chaff. The chaff would burn in fire unquenchable.
For his bold preaching against the various sins in the life of king Herod and for naming the ruler and his wife as living in sin (Luke 3:19) he was imprisoned. He was suffering for truth in a dark and horrible prison cell. John was astute enough to know what trouble he was asking for by speaking in this manner but his loyalty to truth was worth more than the risk he took. It cost him dearly to be true to God and truth.
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