July 10, 2012
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READ: Luke 7:18-28
Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, . . . the poor have the gospel preached to them. óLuke 7:22
Itís perfectly natural for fear and doubt to creep into our minds at times. ďWhat if heaven isnít real after all?Ē ďIs Jesus the only way to God?Ē ďWill it matter in the end how I lived my life?Ē Questions like these should not be given quick or trite responses.
John the Baptist, whom Jesus called the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28), had questions shortly before his execution (v.19). He wanted to know for sure that Jesus was the Messiah and that his own ministry had therefore been valid.
Jesusí response is a comforting model for us to use. Instead of discounting the doubt or criticizing John, Jesus pointed to the miracles He was doing. As eyewitnesses, Johnís disciples could return with vivid assurances for their mentor. But He did moreóHe used words and phrases (v.22) drawn from Isaiahís prophecies of the coming Messiah (Isa. 35:4-6; 61:1), which were certain to be familiar to John.
Then, turning to the crowd, Jesus praised John (Luke 7:24-28), removing any doubt that He was offended by Johnís need for reassurance after all he had seen (Matt. 3:13-17).
Questioning and doubting, both understandable human responses, are opportunities to remind, reassure, and comfort those who are shaken by uncertainty. óRandy Kilgore
When my poor soul in doubt is cast
And darkness hides the Saviorís face,
His love and truth still hold me fast
For He will keep me by His grace. óD. De Haan
Reassurance comes as we doubt our doubts and believe our beliefs.
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