Things are not working out like he planned. John is in serious trouble. In fact, he’s in prison.
Is it any wonder doubt creeps into his mind?
So he sends two of his friends to Jesus with a question: Are you really the One?
I don’t blame John. I’ve been there. Perhaps, we all have.
Jesus doesn’t blame him either.
He doesn’t say - John, how can you possibly doubt me? Remember what God told you about me? Remember when you baptized me? You were so sure then. What’s wrong with you now?
No, the teacher understands it’s our nature to doubt when things aren’t going well in our lives. In fact, He goes on to say that as far as He’s concerned nobody is greater than John!
Jesus doesn’t condemn him for his doubts. Instead, He gives a gentle message of assurance - simply go tell John everything you have heard and seen me do. The evidence will speak for itself.
Is Jesus really our Savior? In the bad times we may be tempted to doubt it.
That’s ok with Jesus, I think. At least as long as we do what John did. Seek the answer to our questions from the Teacher Himself.
When we do, like John, we will receive the gentle answer we need to renew our trust in Him.