Even the Best Get Confused
In Matthew 11: Matthew 11 we have John the Baptist in prison. John was put into prison by king Herod because John was critical of Herod for taking his brother’s wife as his own wife. Ultimately, Herod would have John killed for this. John had paved the way for Jesus, preaching and baptizing and had gained an incredible following of people….but now he’s in prison and in verses 2 and 3 we read this: 2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” I think John was confused. He didn’t understand. I don’t think he thought it was going to turn out this way for him. The circumstances of his life seem to have shaken his faith in who Jesus is. In the next few verses, Jesus reminds people of how great John the Baptist is, saying that among those born of women (which is pretty much everyone right…), John is the greatest….yet, John sits in prison and will soon by killed.
It’s pretty easy to see how John might have doubted because of the circumstances of his own life. And though none of us reading this post have ever been to prison because we took a stand for biblical truth, we have all been confused by our own circumstances..”why did God allow that?” or “If God is real then…” But John does the right thing. In the only way that he can, he turns to Jesus. He sends messengers to ask Jesus a question. Jesus followers don’t need to send messengers to ask Jesus a question. We have the word of God. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us. Sure, we will get confused, even the best do. But in the dark times, look to the Light of the world. Jesus may not take away the circumstances, but He will certainly be with you. It’s OK to be confused at times. Even the best get confused some times.