Are you the One?

John the Baptist is in prison.

Jesus just sent the boys on a missions trip.

Jesus is out and about preaching through the cities.

Prison is not so great; No library, no HBO, no nutritional guidelines or hours in the exercise yard.

John is temped to wonder about Jesus, so he sends some of the men who were still following his teachings to make sure that the assumption he made that day, only a couple months ago, in the Jordan River, was the right one.

Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else? - Matthew 11:3

Are you tempted to wonder this now and then?

John is hearing reports of Jesus’ message of freedom.

John is remembering the promise of a messiah on whom the government would rest.

John is in prison.

You read of Jesus’ message of freedom.

You remember the stories of Jesus healing the sick, raising the dead, healing the brokenhearted.

But you’re still sick.

Your loved one is dead.

You’re alone, brokenhearted, hopeless.

If you could  would ask Jesus today:

Are You the Expected One, or shall I look for someone else?

Jesus’ answer is a mystery. He does not send and angel, or earthquake and set him free. He does not send him words of hope and patience.

He tells John’s followers to go back and tell him of how Jesus is fulfilling all the prophecies and promises of the Messiah, just not in his life.

Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE 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 who does not take offense at Me. - Matthew 11:3-6

This is such an enigma.

John, you're in prison, and I am setting captives free, just not you. Don’t be offended.

What about you? Do you hear the stories of healing in the land, of renewal and revival and feel left out?

Will you take offense at Him, or will you wait on the Lord and be of good courage? [Tweet this]

Offence will build a wall between you and your hope.

Jesus taught us how to deal with just this type of situation.

Ask, and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking, and you will receive, find and the door will be open.

Don’t despair!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

Ben

4 thoughts on “Are you the One?

  1. Tom Raines

    Wonderful encouragement! Thank you! I find confirmation in that God had me in Colossians 4 this morning where Paul, in prison, was asking for prayers to reveal this mystery. Don't despair and remain vigilant! Blessings!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      That's a great connection Tom - Paul is a perfect example of preaching freedom from captivity, and making the choice to be filled with hope in hopeless situations. Thank you!

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  2. cshowers

    Beautiful and encouraging Ben. As I go through, it does me good to remember that the Lord warns, "In the world ye shall have tribulation"... He doesn't say that we might have problems, or some trouble. He warns us that it WILL happen. Then, to keep us from becoming discouraged, He says, "but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Hallelujah!

    As for John, Jesus knew what he needed to be assured of as well. John knew the Word about Messiah. He knew what Messiah was supposed to accomplish, and so when Yeshua sent word to him, that "the BLIND RECEIVE 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," He knew that John would understand that He was indeed the Messiah. Still, unless John in his humanity and discouragement should be offended or upset because Messiah didn't deliver him from his prison, Jesus gave John this added encouragement. Some might see it as a warning, but I believe it was an encouragement, "And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me." Further evidence that He was indeed Messiah, just as John had foretold.

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