Matthew 11 :1,6
John had a question, “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (v.2,3).
John had been in prison for months. Yet he had heard of the mighty works of Jesus. Nothing could have interested John more deeply. It was Nicodemus who came to Jesus seeking out a greater knowledge of him, “For no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” (Jh. 3:2)
The prophets of old had foretold the great works that the Christ would do when he came into the world. (Is.61:1) “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” (Isa.61:1).
“Art thou he that should come, are we to look for another.?” John had witnessed the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Lord.
John had born witness that he was the Son of God, the heavenly Bridegroom. John pointed Christ out to his disciples as the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (Jh.1:29).
Why was John having doubt about Jesus’ deity? Probably he was not the man he had once been. The long imprisonment had took its told upon John.
Elijah had become discouraged at times in his life.
John had been a very high saint of God, very bold and full of strength, but he was human, and human nature, has, and must have, its inconsistencies and weaknesses.
No man lives at all times up to his highest level “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom.3:23).
Often times we fail in the very grace which is the most striking characteristic. The apostle Paul said of Demas, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” (II.Tim.4:10).
Elijah, for instance, failed in courage, Moses, the man known for meekness, failed, Peter in steadfastness all so failed.
John had heard also that Jesus and his disciple had sat at meat with publicans and sinners. John had heard that Jesus’ disciples had not adopted the ascetic life. The holy scripture presents to us. men as they really are.
The scripture does not draw ideal picture, it exhibits the imperfection as well as the graces of holy men.
There is a wavering sometimes, an agonizing doubt in the hearts of the best of God’s Servants.
Doubt comes from the temptation of the evil one. Doubt arises sometimes, as perhaps in the case of the Baptist, partly from physical causes. Our mortal body weight down the mined.
As John did we must do also, come directly to Christ when we are troubled with the like perplexities.
Are you to look for another? No, “. (Acts 4:12)
We look only for him, for fuller manifestations of his grace, we look for his coming, when he shall make this body of our humiliation like unto the body of his glory.
The Lord’s answer. First of all Jesus directs the messengers to his works.
Jesus did not affirm his Messiahship in words only, he pointed to his works. Deeds are more convincing than words.
If we convince others of the deep reality of the experiences of our personal religion, we must show its power in our life.
Note what those works were. The prophets spoke of Jesus’ works. John’s disciples had seen some of these great works with there own eyes.
The apostles declared “That which we have seen and heard declared we unto you.” His works were works of mercy, love, kindness and healing.
Among these miracles of power there is one miracle of Grace. “The poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Mt.11:5).
The gentile teacher despised the poor and ignorant, so did the Jewish rabbis. Yet there is a blessedness of simple faith.
Same were offended in Christ, Same found stumbling-blocks in the Lord’s humility.
Same in his lowliness of his earthly surrounding, same in his tenderness to the outcasts and sinners.
Same in his long-suffering patience, same in his delay to execute judgment.
Blessed is he who is not offended in Christ, who recognizes Christ’s spiritual greatness, Christ’s infinite goodness, his deep and holy love for mankind.
Blessed is he who sees nothing in Christ to repel, but everything to attract and to convince. “Come, sea man, which told me all things that ever I did: is this not the Christ.” (Jh.4:29).
We are blessed, for we will find in Christ all that we needs, peace, comfort, hope and rest for our soul.
In closing let me say, God’s saint are not perfect, yet follow them, as they follow Jesus.
Trials of faith will come, be steadfast, looking unto Jesus. Go straight to Jesus in all your difficulties.
Lastly, Meditate much on his holy life, it is one of the greatest helps to faith. David said in Ps. 104:34,” My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.”