Luke 7: 20,22 "When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'"..."So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: 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."
John the Baptist knew who Jesus was. Just a few chapters earlier he heard the voice of God declaring him the Son of God, and Saw The holy spirit come down on him. Yet here, he questions who he really is, what he really is doing, and what his real motivations were.
The very nature of the question called my personal integrity into question. I was completely innocent of this and horribly hurt by what the question insinuated.
I denied the charge and asked them if there was anything in my life or personality that would warrant them to believe that I would ever do such a thing.
Of course they said no. But there it was, hanging there, and building a wall in our relationship. I forgave them of course, but I will not deny the hurt it caused.
How much more does it hurt our relationship with Christ when we think or believe he is against us? When we accuse him, even in our hearts, of being anything other than what he really is, I can't help but believe that it puts a strain on our relationship
I have heard some say
"I just can't win"
"God is against me"
" He doesn't care"
"He is angry with me"
"He just wants to punish me"
"I am not important/ my needs aren't important"
Instead he says
"I gave all that you might win the Holy Spirit"
"I am for you, who can be against you?"
"I intimately care about you, and have lavished my grace on you"
"I have given you peace with God"
"I want to bless you with every spiritual blessing"
"You have been saved and set apart"
"You are precious in my sight"
We need to see Christ for his true character, what we see as evidence about him in scripture and in our life transformations, rather than our momentary feelings in a time of crisis, doubt, or worry.
Know him today friends. Know his character. And when you are tempted to believe otherwise remember...
..."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."