DayBreaks for 10/29/18: He’s the One
It’s dark. The air stings the lungs and is filled with the smells of unwashed bodies, human waste, wet straw. The scrabbling sounds of rats in the darkness interrupts one’s ability to sleep. There is little water and what food there is is not even fit for the rats. The chains chafe on the wrists and ankles, digging into the flesh, creating bloody wounds that draw even more rats. And John sits there, in the dungeon of King Herod, after a remarkable career serving the Messiah. But John is alone now, the Messiah is no where to be seen. John hears that the Lord is in Galilee (the backwater part of Israel), preaching to the rabble there.
The hours wear slowly and seem more like days than mere hours. For how long John sat there, we don’t know…but we do know this: at some point, the soaring courage and fearlessness in this man began to flag, and so he commissioned some of his followers to go to Jesus with a simple question: “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
John’s followers go and find Jesus. We don’t know how long they stayed, but they apparently stayed a while, based on Jesus’ response to their question from Mt. 11:4-6: Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 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.
The disciples of John had apparently stayed long enough not just to hear Jesus’ answer, but to hear and see for themselves then to go back to John with their report. “John, you should have been there! We saw blind people see for the first time in their lives! We saw cripples dance and leap! Leprosy went away and skin was made pink and whole by just a word from Jesus! The deaf hear the sound of their children’s voices! But John, there was a little dead girl – and Jesus just told her to ‘Get up, little one!’, and she did, John, she did! We wouldn’t have believed it if we’d not seen it with our own eyes, John. And you should have seen her parents – their joy was so incredible – they were speechless and could only fall and hold Jesus’ feet and weep tears of joy and say, ‘Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Lord!’ over and over and over again! And the words, John…you’re a great preacher, but no one ever spoke like Jesus does!”
John had his answer. Jesus is the One. He still is today.
PRAYER: Jesus, we believe that You are the Holy One, the One and only sent from the Father above. In the times of our doubting, remind us of this eternal truth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>