Sunday, March 15, 2009

Luke 7 - Doubt

John the baptist spent his entire free life proclaiming two things: repentance and Jesus. (Really, you could say he preached Jesus and the correct response was repentance.) Yet, here we find him in prison and he has a single question to ask, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" It was not too long ago that John was out in the desert preaching that this man was the promised savior. It was not too long ago that John baptized Jesus, saw heaven open and the Holy Spirit descend on him like a dove. Now, in prison, John has doubts.

It is possible that this was not the way he thought things would play out. Why should bad things happen to God's servant, anyway? He had played his role, he lived a radical life of separation from all human comforts, he maintained his part of the deal and it would be easy to think that God had let him down. Are we any different?

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