John's followers told John about all these things. John called for two of his followers. John sent them to the Lord (Jesus) to ask, "Are you the One that is coming, or should we wait for another person?"
— Luke 7:18-19 NLT
We sometimes exalt key figures in the Scriptures to the legendary status of "Bible Characters." We don't allow them to have bad days, doubts, lapses of passion, or faith dilemmas. However, Jesus is the only flesh and blood "Bible character" that was sinless. All the others had feet of clay. Even John the Baptist, with all of his passion and integrity, wanted to know for sure that Jesus was who John claimed him to be. Jesus' demonstration of what John prophesied was different, at least from the distance John viewed him. (Remember Herod had John in prison and would soon execute him.) The crucial issue about John is that he kept seeking the truth, even in his moments of confusion. So often when we have doubts, we can let the doubts overtake us and we grow silent and afraid to seek for the truth. Jesus never discouraged truth seekers! Jesus was not afraid to answer questions from his critics, the skeptics, or even his followers who doubted. In your struggles, you will no doubt pass through a valley or two of doubt or confusion. Don't be afraid to be honest with Jesus about your struggles. So often, that is exactly where we find the Lord; he is there waiting for the seeker who honestly comes to him with questions.
Father, please help me never to be afraid of coming to Jesus with honest questions as I seek to know the truth from him and about him. Give me wisdom and faith as I seek you, and in finding you, I know I will find the truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 11:9-13
- John 7:16-17; 8:31-32
- John 20:24-29
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.