Scripture Luke 6:18-23 18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers[e] are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (ESV)
Observation: Luke doesn’t say much about Jesus’ baptism but we assume that John was the one who did baptize Jesus from what we read in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. That means that John would have seen the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus. John would have heard the voice of God stating that Jesus was His son. Did John get discouraged because Jesus was not what he expected? Why when he was in prison did he have to send his disciples for confirmation? Jesus quoted Isaiah to John’s followers knowing that they would understand the truth about him. Jesus went on to applaud John for all he had done, but added: “Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
Application: When times get tough, we sometimes doubt that God is present, or that He cares about us personally. That is why it is important to have the truth of the Word planted deeply in our minds and hearts. We can get that assurance that God will never forsake us or leave us. That God’s promises are true. That God loves us with agape love. We are never alone, no matter how bleak the world is getting around us.
Prayer: Dearest Father, we pray that you strengthen each of us through your Word, so that as times get tough, we are prepared to stand firm on your promises, knowing that you are the Great I Am. Lord, keep us humble. Give us the courage to go in your power and with the courage of John, speaking the truth no matter what the cost. Lord, tonight I want to add a prayer for our troops in Iraq. Dear Lord protect them, and give President Trump and his military advisors wisdom on how to proceed.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 20-22; Luke 8