“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? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matthew 11:2-5)
In yesterday’s post, we spoke of John the Baptist as one of the greatest preachers of the New Testament. John had seen the evidence that Jesus was the Lamb of God. He testified to this:
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
But now, John was at a dark moment in his life, and he needed a little reminder. John is now in prison. And after being sent by God to bear witness of the Light (Jesus), which was to come; he now questions as to whether Jesus is the one, “or do we look for another?”
John had seen and heard about all the miracles that were taking place when Jesus began His ministry. But now doubt and fear have set in. How do we so easily forget all of the miracles that we have seen in our own lives and the lives of others?
We mentioned in Part I, Israel as a prime example of how soon we can forget. In the Book of Numbers 11:4-5, Israel, along with the mixed multitude, complained about the manna that God had provided for them; desiring to have flesh, or meat, to eat.
“We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:” (Numbers 11:5)
But what they forgot was the hard bondage that they were under, crying out to God for deliverance, for four hundred years (Exodus 1:8-14).
Isn’t that just like our enemy, he wants us to remember the so-called “good time” that we had while living in a world of sin, but forget the hard bondage that he had us under?
Do you remember when God delivered you from that drug addiction? Do you remember the day God delivered you from prostitution or homosexuality? What about alcoholism, or that abusive relationship that you were praying hard about? Maybe you forgot about the gun that was pointed right at you – whether by your hand or someone else’s – but it didn’t go off.
John needed a reminder so that he would know that Christ Jesus was “The One.” Jesus told the disciples of John, “Go and shew John again (remind him) those things which ye do hear and see.”
Do you remember all of the things that you did hear and see in your own life? Let us not forget; or let doubt and fear set in. Jesus is The One.
Thought you may have needed Just a Little Reminder!