When Jesus finished teaching his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them. Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me” (Matthew 11:1-6, Common English Bible).
Whenever we see things happen, we start to make assumptions. We try to put the things we see and putting together the events and then we start drawing conclusions about what we have seen.
John the Baptist knew something about Jesus back when he baptized him in the Jordan River. Wait, what am I saying? When John the Baptist was still in his mother Elizabeth’s womb and Jesus was still in Mary’s womb, John knew there was something different about Jesus. He might not have known exactly what that meant, but he knew even before he was born that there was something about Jesus.
Just before John Baptized Jesus, he knew something was different. He knew Jesus should be baptizing him. He still didn’t know exactly what was different.
In our reading today, John has taken all he has seen and started putting it together to draw a conclusion. Everything that John has seen and heard lead him to the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah. Today’s lesson is about confirmation and I don’t mean the class we send kids through in order to become church members. John had drawn a hypothesis and now he wanted to know if the conclusion he had drawn was indeed correct.
In typical form, Jesus doesn’t give a simple yes or no answer. Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.” Jesus is pointing to the words the prophets had said regarding the Messiah. This was the proof. Now John had to draw his own conclusion.
If Jesus gave a simple yes or no answer, it would give John a head answer. What really makes a difference is a heart answer. Jesus, in essence, is telling John, “You have seen and you have heard. I am telling you what is happening. Now it is up to you to decide if you believe in your heart what you know in your head.
The same holds true for us. We have seen the Spirit of God at work in the world around us. We have heard the stories of how God has worked through the Bible and in the lives of people around us. The only logical conclusion is that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Now, will we believe in our hearts what we know in our heads. He is the One!!!
What has God done to show you God is the Hope of the World?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
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