Sunday 8 July, 2012

Luke 7:18-35

18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” 20 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?’” 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: 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. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.) 31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

John (cousin of Jesus) asks a question “Are You the One who is coming, or do we look for someone else?” John’s disciples had reported to him all the words and deeds of Jesus. John is not questioning if the Messiah will come, he is questioning if Jesus is the Messiah.

At this time, Jesus didn’t want people to believe he was the Messiah just because He claimed He was, but He wanted people to believe because of the things he did – the evidence.

John had the great privilege of identifying Jesus as Messiah when he baptised Him, but he now he is questioning.

There could be many reasons why John questioned.  John had had little contact with Jesus as he was mainly in the wilderness. Jesus had not publicly identified himself as the Messiah.   Up until this point John had been Israel’s great prophet but now it now appears that Jesus was taking his place. What was Jesus’ response to John’s question? He simply said to John’s followers to go back and tell John what they witnessed … “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor”.

Who do we say Jesus is? If we have any doubts, go back to the Bible; never forget it is truth inspired by the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Bible.  Jesus encourages John not to stumble over Him: “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me”. 

Don’t allow anything or anyone to bring doubt and uncertainty into your relationship with Jesus.

Written by Cathy Croft

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