11 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 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. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
John the Baptist had been running the race and fighting the good fight. He had faithfully preached a message to Israel that it was time to get ready for God’s Messiah, it was time to turn away from their own path and start following God’s appointed King.
However, he preached this message at great personal cost, and now he is rotting in prison, with little time left before his death. He is worried, did he fight the wrong fight, was Jesus really the Saviour?
Jesus points to the works that he has been doing as they are a fulfilment of what the prophets of the Old Testament said the Messiah would do. This reminds me of a promise that had not yet been fulfilled at this stage of Jesus’ ministry – the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit brings me comfort when I am uncertain of God’s plans or when they seem long in arriving. The Holy Spirit reminds us of and confirms all the promises of God.
Lord thank you for pouring out your Holy Spirit on people as they repent and believe in you. With him I have the great comforter in all situations.
Written by Andrew Mellor