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He sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
In this chapter, Jesus had healed the Centurion’s servant from a bed of sickness and raised the widow of Nain’s son from the dead. John the Baptist’s disciples came to him in prison and told him what had happened. After they had finished, John sent some of them to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the Messiah or should we look for another?”
This man, John the Baptist, was the forerunner of Jesus and was preparing the way of the Lord. They were cousins and knew each other well. John KNEW Jesus was the Messiah. What had happened here? John had called Herod Antipas, the king, out for divorcing his wife and marrying his brother’s wife Herodias. It embarrassed the king. Later, after his stepdaughter had moved him sensually by her lewd dance, Herod asked her to tell him what she wanted. She said, “John the Baptist’s head on a platter.” So John was arrested and was languishing in prison waiting to be beheaded, and his faith grew weak. He asked his disciples to go and see if Jesus really was who he said he was. When they did, Jesus said, “Tell John what you have seen. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the deaf hear, sick people are made well, the dead are raised to life, and good news is being preached to the poor. Then tell him not to lose his faith by wondering about me!” Here’s what I’m writing to say, “Remember This … When Your Faith Is Weak.” Jesus is still healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, and deaf ears are being opened in Jesus’ name. And the Good News is still being preached around the world to those in need.
Sometimes, when my faith is weak, I turn to this story of John the Baptist. He is one of my heroes of the faith, but even he became weak in his faith. When I read this story, I’m reminded that You still are who You say You are. I’m all in, even when my faith is weak. Amen