John the Baptist sends his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one that is to come, or should we expect someone else?” In other words they ask,
Are you really the Messiah, or should we keep waiting?
This seems strange–didn’t John baptize Jesus? Doesn’t he know?
The reason for John’s doubt is because Herod has put him in prison. (See Luke 3:19-20 and 9:7-9). If Jesus is the Messiah, shouldn’t the bad guys be losing?
John’s doubts come from the same place ours come from: suffering and difficulty. Suffering and difficulty cause us to question whether Jesus really has things under control.
What’s causing you to doubt today?
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