2007-12-28 - Embracing Doubt
When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'" At that very time, Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." (Verses 20-23 NIV)
Why did John the Baptist doubt? He wasn't an ordinary man. An angelic messenger announced his birth, he was Jesus' cousin, and John had a powerful ministry. The prophet was called to tell others about the Lord. His words struck a chord with people, and they confessed their sins and were baptized. John had these Godly connections, and yet he still doubted.
The Bible doesn't tell us why John was full of uncertainty. Neither does the Gospel passage offer us ways to avoid disbelief, nor are we told of John's reaction to Jesus' response. It does, however, give us clues on what we can do when a suspicion enters our mind.
The next time we are in doubt, we can confidently talk to God about our concerns. He won't judge or ridicule; He will give us straight answers and reassurance.