John’s disciples reported to him in prison about all the wonderful miracles and the works Jesus was doing. So John dispatched two of his disciples to go and inquire of Jesus. When they came before the Master, they asked him, “Are you the coming Messiah we’ve been expecting, or are we to continue to look for someone else? John the prophet has sent us to you to seek your answer.”
Without answering, Jesus turned to the crowd and healed many of their incurable diseases. His miracle power freed many from their suffering. He restored the gift of sight to the blind, and he drove out demonic spirits from those who were tormented.
Only then did Jesus answer the question posed by John’s disciples. “Now go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard here today. The blind are now seeing. The crippled are now walking. Those who were lepers are now cured. Those who were deaf are now hearing. Those who were dead are now brought back to life. The poor and broken are given the hope of salvation. And tell John these words: ‘The blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me, no matter what happens.’ ”
As I read these verses, I thought of something about our dear John, the cousin of Jesus. He had a call on his life to prepare the way of our Lord Jesus. He was the one who baptized Him, who saw the Spirit descend on Him and heard the voice of the Father say, “This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased.”
Yet while imprisoned, he clearly had a moment of doubt because Jesus didn’t seem to cooperate with the way John thought He should be ‘Savior’ of the world. The fact is, many thought Jesus had been dispensed to be ‘King’, to sit on a throne here on the earth and reign.
John, like so many of us, seemed to lose a little faith in Jesus. He thought by posing the question, “Are you the one or should we look for another?”, he might possible push Jesus into moving to rescue him. Why, because truth be told, none of us ever thinks for a moment that there’s a time limit on our assignment.
But there is, isn’t there? Who are we to tell God we need more time? Or to think we’re so valuable that God can’t do anything without us?
Jesus heard the question, but chose to answer with action. Nothing like examples to prove the answer. Signs and wonders went where He went not because He was the Son of God, but because of the power of the Spirit of God that worked in and through Him. And that same power lives in you. What are you doing with that power?
‘The blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me, no matter what happens.’
No Matter What!