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Dedicated to the Glory of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ


Friday, April 24, 2015

DEALING WITH DOUBT

Luke 7:18-28 (ESV)  
18  The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,
19  calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
20  And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”
21  In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.
22  And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
23  And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

24  When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
25  What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts.
26  What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27  This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

28  I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”


Have you ever been confused about Jesus and the gospel? If we would admit it, all of have had our questions about this. John was confused because the reports he received about Jesus were unexpected and incomplete. John's doubts were natural, and Jesus didn't rebuke him for them. Instead, Jesus responded in a way that John would understand: Jesus explained that He had accomplished what the Messiah was supposed to accomplish. 

God can handle our doubts, and he welcomes our questions. Do you have questions about Jesus—about who He is or what He expects of you? Admit them to yourself and to God, and begin looking for answers. Only as you face your doubts honestly can you begin to resolve them.

Of all people, no one fulfilled his God-given purpose better than John. Yet in God's Kingdom, all who come after John have a greater spiritual heritage because they have clearer knowledge of the purpose of Jesus' death and resurrection.

As you pray, don't forget to thank God that you live on this side of the cross. You have the full story. Believe!

Because of Jesus,
Ken Schroeder