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Was John the Baptist Doubting Jesus?

July 7, 2014

Matthew 11:2-6

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Saint John the Baptist in Prison 19th-Century Print

Wasn’t John the Baptist prophesied about from the Old Testament?

Yes He was, multiple times. In fact John boldly proclaimed the Coming of Jesus, and preached the message for all to hear that they should repent and be baptized.

So why would this same John the Baptist, be asking if Jesus is really the Messiah?

Doesn’t that seem a little contradictory?

Well I looked up this passage in a commentary by Pastor David Guzik, on Blue Letter Bible and I was delightfully encouraged.

John the Baptist, was a human man just like everyone else. At the time John was facing these doubts, he was in prison and his future must not have been looking to bright. Like many Jews and believers of this time, their view of Jesus the Messiah was that He would come down and conquer the world as they knew it and establish His throne of righteousness.

So when this wasn’t happening doubt began to settle in. And rightly so. John was in a very discouraging situation. John was in prison probably wondering, why? Why is the so-called Messiah out there healing the sick, deaf and lame when He should be conquering the world and bringing justice to all His people, including me?

The earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, was a ministry of Mercy and Grace. Jesus said Himself in John 12:47, that He did not come to judge the world (yet) but to save the world.

So how do we apply this to our lives today?

Well, when you are in John’s shoes, when you are facing discouragement, doubt and every other piece baggage that comes on that bus. Remember the promises of Jesus. We must turn to Him, keep our eyes fixed on Him and remember that God declares in His Word:

Romans 8:28

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Don’t look to your circumstances, keep your heart and mind focused on Jesus. Give Him your worries and fears in prayer. Trust in Him with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Turn to His Word, and meditate on the promises of God. His Word is life for your soul.






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  1. Mike Sands permalink

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.

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