From the DayBreaks archive, January 2012:
Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—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. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’”- Matthew 11:3-6
This is one of the most perplexing passages in Scripture. Jesus will go on just a bit later in the discussion to say that no man ever born of woman was greater than John, yet here is John in prison, sending his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he’s really the Messiah. This is the same John who had seen the dove descend on Jesus at his baptism and heard the voice of God proclaim Jesus was His Son. This is the same John who said of Jesus, “He must increase, I must decrease” and “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the world’s sin!” It is comforting to know that even the greatest man born of woman had questions and doubts at times. But that’s not the point I want to consider today.
Jesus didn’t directly answer the question, but pointed the questioners to what they’d seen: the miracle, the blind who could now see, the lame who could now walk, lepers healed, hearing restored – and even the dead raised to life. Had those present seen the dead who Jesus had raised? I don’t know. Jesus seems to imply that they had. But then I got to thinking, perhaps Jesus was referring not to the physically raised, perhaps he was referring to the people who had been spiritually dead who had found new life – such as the immoral woman who washed Jesus feet, even those who were part of the crowd who had been dead, but found in Jesus new life.
I started to ponder my life. As Christians, we have been born again. Our old man is dead, the new life has come. But if questioners were to look at me, would they see someone who is truly alive, vibrantly alive? Is not the Christian experience supposed to be life from the dead? We were dead in our trespasses and sins, Paul wrote. But we’re now alive in Christ Jesus!
Has anybody noticed it in you?
PRAYER: Let your life be brilliantly visible in me, may I give witness to the new life I have in Your Son, and may people wonder at how the dead can live again!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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