Sometimes life gets so hurtful and complicated, it is possible to doubt Jesus, who He is, and the things He’s promised, especially when you’ve done so much or sacrificed so much for Him.
Just ask John the Baptist.
Here was a man who Jesus himself said was greater than Moses, King David, Abraham, or any other prophet you can name. In fact, Jesus said:
“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. (Matthew 11:11)
Yet he, this great one, sat in a filthy prison awaiting execution. He, the one who gave up good food to eat locusts and wild honey, the one who wore unfashionable clothes made out of camel’s hair, the one who traded in living in a home to living homeless among scorpions, cactuses, and the wild beasts of the desert, wondered about the worth of it all.
Had he made a mistake? Had he missed God?
If all those things he had believed and preached are true, then…why?
Was it really the Messiah that He had baptised? Was the man who he himself announced to everyone as the Lamb of God, come to take away the sin of the world, indeed the right one?
How can someone so passionate in the beginning now have doubts? How can someone called by God and appointed to such a special task now question it all?
Brooding alone, stuck in a place you can’t get out of, hated by many, feeling totally abandoned, and wondering if you’ll live another day can have that affect on you.
“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” John the Baptist
The web of doubt spinning in his darkness, that’s the message John sent to Jesus, via some of his friends.
How did Jesus respond?
I’ll tell you in my next post.
Today, the invitation to Jesus is to feel free to share your doubts with him. Ask Jesus anything. You might be surprised at how he responds to you.