When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see.”
Answer to Doubt
Do you ever have doubts about Christianity? Have you ever wondered if God really loves you? Do you ever think that you’re wasting your time being a follower of Jesus?
You are not alone. Even John the Baptist had his doubts. He had baptized many and preached to many more. But now he was in prison for speaking the truth and he had doubts. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you really the promised Savior?” If someone like John the Baptist had doubts about Jesus, what hope is there for you?
The hope is in what Jesus said and did. Jesus pointed John to the message he proclaimed and the deeds he performed. The Old Testament prophets promised that when the Messiah came, he would do exactly what Jesus was doing. In other words, performing miracles and preaching the good news were signs that said, “This man is the one who is to come; he is the Savior!”
When John the Baptist doubted, Jesus pointed to the signs that showed he was the Messiah. When you doubt, you can look at those same signs. You don’t need to fix your doubts about God by yourself. You are not on your own.
In the Bible, you have eyewitness testimony about what Jesus said and did. You see how his preaching and miracles fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. You can look at his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead and see Jesus do exactly what the prophets predicted. Jesus became a man to die and rise for you.
All of these signs point you to the fact that Jesus is the one who came to rescue you from sin and death. And you, along with John the Baptist, have the certain testimony that Jesus is the answer to your doubts.
Dear Jesus, dispel my doubts by your Word. Amen.