Thought For Today - September 21 - Do We Look For Another?
Thought For Today - September 21
Do We Look For Another?
John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness and baptizing in the Jordan river, pointed to Jesus and proclaimed - “Behold the lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world”. Now,John being in prison, has doubts within himself. John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask him plainly - “Are you the one or should we look for another”?
Today, we Christians, though we live by faith and believe the word of God, yet, in trying times it is possible that doubts and fears may creep into our lives, especially if we are not as close to the Lord as we ought to be, and faithful in studying God’s word and praying. If we are perfectly honest, we must admit that down in our hearts we have all asked the questions - is it true? Is the bible relevant for us today? Is Christ alive? Will he return as he said he would? Is there life after death? Will God forgive and forget our sins? Is he the one, or do we look for another?
John being in prison and about to be executed, probably was wondering in his heart: If Jesus was the one, the Lamb of God, the mighty God in human flesh, why would he allow him to be imprisioned and executed?
We ask very similar questions today: Why am I going through such troubling times? Why am I sick and afflicted with a terrible disease? Why am I lonely? Why am I going through financial difficulties? Why am I so afraid?
Jesus’s reply to John’s disciples was that he examine the evidence. Consider all that came to Jesus for help. The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, and even the dead are raised.
When Satan whispers in our ears and tries to get us to question as to whether or not Jesus is real and our faith genuine, then we need to stop and remember the goodness of God in our lives in times past. Remember when the burden of guilt was lifted off our shoulders when we first believed? Remember all our childhood prayers that were answered? Remember the times that we were afraid when the Holy Spirit of God was there to calm our fears? Remember when the Lord healed us when we were sick, and came to our assistance when we were experiencing financial difficulties? Let us carefully examine the scriptures and hear again the testimonies of all the eye witnesses of Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven. Let us once again examine all the fulfilled prophecies of where and when Christ should be born, and the validity of all his miraculous works.
“Now when John had heard in prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, 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 whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Matthew 11: 2-6
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