Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? Matthew 11:3 (NLT)
Have you ever struggled with doubts? If we’re honest, most of us would say we have. Even great men and women in the Bible had their doubts and expressed them to God. Abraham doubted he could have a son at such an old age. Thomas doubted the resurrection.
John the Baptist doubted whether or not Jesus really was the Messiah. He knew that God had called him to prepare the way for the Messiah; yet, at this time in his ministry, Luke’s gospel tells us that John was in prison for speaking out against Herod Antipas for stealing his brother’s wife and for many other wrong things he had done. As John sat in prison, he began to have some doubts. Was Jesus really the Messiah? If He was, then how could John prepare the way for Jesus from prison?
It’s not wrong to have doubts. It’s what you do with your doubts that makes the difference. In every case that biblical men and women doubted, they resolved their doubts by taking them to God rather than turning away from Him. John shows us how to do that. He takes his doubts to Christ and asks Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” If you read Jesus’ response, you will discover how Jesus answered John’s doubts. Jesus pointed John to the evidence of who He was by what He did. The proof was in the pudding! Only the Messiah could do the things Jesus had done and say the things Jesus had said.
The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. Matthew 11:5 (NLT)
Who else, but God, could accomplish that? With so much evidence, Jesus’ identity was obvious!
The Life Application Bible makes a great observation here: “If you sometimes doubt your salvation, the forgiveness of sins, or God’s work in your life, look at the evidence in Scripture and the changes in your life. When you doubt, don’t turn away from Christ, turn to Him.”