8th December 2016

We May Doubt Some Times

We may doubt some timesOne significant New Testament personality who actually announced Jesus in the Jordan river when he said thaere is the Lamb of God

John 1:3636 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!"The highlight of John's ministry was whenhe had the privilege od baptizing Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17 The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?"15 But Jesus said, "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.[a]" So John agreed to baptize him.16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened[] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy."We pick up John's story where he had been locked up in a dark damp prison cell.

Whey was he licked up in prison, Mark's gospel tells us that John had openly rebuked King Herod for having an adulterous relationship with with his own brother's wife, Herodias.

He probably expected that Jesus was going to come and break him out of prison, after all the Messiah had come to set up His Kingdom Right? Surely freeing John would be be high on the Messiah's "To do list"

So sitting there for a long time , what do you think went on in his mind

Matthew tells us Matthew 11:2-32 John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting,[a] or should we keep looking for someone else?"John was having doubts about Jesus the same jesus he had baptized that day with all the fanfare from heaven, the same one he had realybekieved to be the Messiah

Now if Matthew's Gospel was written to convince us all to believe in Jesus, why in the world would he include an account like this in his book? I mean this is the story of how John , a great man of faith, struggled with doubt about whether Jesus was the Christ.

This is one reason why I love the Bible so much, it is honest and realistic . John doubted and Matthew didn't try to spin it, he didn't try to hide it, he was honest about it.

God knew that you and I might have questions and doubts, that sometimes our lives feel likje we are trapped in some prison, with little to no hope of getting, feeling though God was ignoring our circumstances and refusing to come to our rescue . Her knew that some of us would have intellectual questions about our faith that would twist our minds into all kinds of contortions wondering if God even exists, or if He does , whether He hears our prayers, whether He knows the things we are feeling as we go through those dark nights of the soul.

That is why God inspired Matthew to tell the whole truth , to include this account, to remind you and I that we aren't that much different from one of the greatest people of raith who ever lived John the Baptist

Matthew continued what happened that day4 Jesus told them, "Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen- 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.How did Jesus answered John's questions ? By pointing to the miracles He was performing and the message He was preaching.Both of these tied Him to the Old Testament messianic prophecy. He reminded John that the truth he was seeking had been revealed in Scripture and in the mids of John's doubts and troubles, it was the word of the Lord that would sustain him

It's about recognizing that the object of our faith (Jesus) is also the source of our faith Hebrews 12:2

2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.

King David also knew about the power of God's Word, to sustain us during tough timesPsalm 119:17-24

17 Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word.18 Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.19 I am only a foreigner in the land. Don't hide your commands from me!20 I am always overwhelmed with a desire for your regulations.21 You rebuke the arrogant; those who wander from your commands are cursed.22 Don't let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your laws.23 Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees.24 Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.

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