Jesus is the One

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Matthew 11:2-3 NIV

When Jesus came on the scene, the Jews were expecting a Messianic ruler that would deliver them from Roman oppression and help establish a Jewish kingdom. Because their expectation was grounded in Old Testament prophecy, they were expecting the Messiah to be someone who upheld Jewish religious ethos and a leader like David who was a warrior-king and a Jewish nationalist. They could not accept Jesus as the long-awaited messiah because he did not meet their expectations and did not support the Jewish religious establishment.

In today’s text, John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod Antipas whose wife wanted John put to death for criticizing her marriage with Herod. While in prison, John sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the one. This was a surprising question coming from John the Baptist who earlier told the Jewish religious leaders that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). John did not even feel worthy to Baptize Jesus (see Matthew 3:13-14) because he knew Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. Why then did he send his disciples to ask Jesus, “are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

In times of anxiety and adversities, doubt can easily slip into our minds and cause us to forget the greatness of our God. When John asked the question, he was awaiting execution. Perhaps he wanted assurance from Jesus that he was the incarnate Christ before John’s execution. Whatever the reason, we know that we all need assurance from God when we struggle with the vicissitudes of life.

Jesus was not upset or disappointed at John’s disciples for asking the question on behalf of John. Instead, he told them “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see 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” (Matthew 11:4-5). In short, Jesus reminded John and his disciples that his actions validate his messianic identity and authority.

When you and I are pressured by life, and our circumstance is desperate, we need to remember that Jesus is the one. Whereas we may feel that the troubles of today are too overwhelming to overcome, we need to look around and see that God is still doing amazing things. And because he is, we should trust that all things will work together for our good.

When the cancer is at stage 4, we should trust that Jesus is the one who can heal. Jesus is the one who can rescue us from financial ruin. He is the one who can fix a failed marriage. Jesus is the one who gives peace and joy in times of mourning. He is the one from whom all blessings flow.

I understand it is human nature for people to question and doubt God when their blessings are delayed. However, the Bible assures us that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He will not change, and He cannot fail. He is the one we should go to for our every need. And even though we may be tempted to think that people in a position of power and authority should be our first point of contact, the word of God reminds us to go to God first.

God is the one with unlimited resources, and whose mercy and grace have no expiration date. He alone is the one who can forgive us our sins and redeems us from eternal damnation. As we enter into the holiday season, we need to remember that Jesus is the one who has kept us thus far and brought us through danger seen and unseen. Let us, therefore, be more intentional and passionate about our worship of God who is the one in whom we live and have our being (Acts 17:28).

More importantly, people should know that Jesus is the only Savior of the world. He is the only mediator between God the father, and humanity. Jesus is the only highway to heaven and the only gateway to glory. He alone we should worship and serve as our God.

Prayer- Precious Jesus, thank you for being the only one who was qualified to atone for our sins and to reconcile us to the Father.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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