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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Proof Jesus is the Messiah (Matthew 11)

Have you ever questioned your faith? Have you ever questioned that Jesus really is who He says He is? John the Baptist questioned after he was put in prison. Jesus' response though, is proof not only to John the Baptist and the Jews but also to us today.

John the Baptist was put in prison after he rebuked Herod for marrying his sister-in-law. As he sat in prison, naturally John had some doubts about whether Jesus really was the Messiah. If John's purpose was to prepare people for the coming Messiah and Jesus really was the Messiah, then why was he put in prison when there was so much more work to do?

So John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus:

Matthew 11:2-3 Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples [3] and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”

We can certainly understand why John the Baptist would have doubted. Have you ever had bad things happen to you or to someone close to you and then doubted whether or not God was really there and that He really cared about you?

But notice how John the Baptist handled his doubt. He didn't run away from Jesus. He leaned in. He asked Jesus the question. He waited for Jesus' answer.

Notice Jesus didn't just say, "yes, John, I am the Messiah."

Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: [5] the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."

That seems like a strange answer, doesn't it?

Why would Jesus respond with a list of the miracles He had done?

He answered with the prophecies He had fulfilled from Isaiah 29, 35, and 61 which describe the acts the Messiah would do. This was the proof which should have convinced not only John and his disciples but also the religious leaders that Jesus was absolutely without a doubt, the Messiah, the Expected One.

But the Jews didn't want someone coming to free them from their sins. In fact, the very thought of that was offensive to them, which is why Jesus went on to say:

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.

They wanted someone to deliver them politically, from Roman rule. How dare Jesus come and suggest they needed a Savior to deliver them from their sins.

But I wonder if many today might feel the same way as the religious leaders who were offended by Jesus. Many today are more concerned with whether or not God will save them politically rather than provide deliverance from their sins and restore their relationship with God.

Just like the Jews in Jesus time, we see the need for political deliverance more than we see the extreme urgency for spiritual deliverance.

Oh Lord, Please open our eyes to our need for spiritual deliverance and restoration. Please put it on our heart to be more concerned with our relationship with You than our standing in this world. Lord, the birth pangs are increasing with frequency and intensity and the signs all around us point to the "times of Noah" once again. Lord, please let us have eyes to see and ears to hear so that we can lean in to You, see the truth of Your Word, shine Your Light, and prepare for Your return. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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