20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”
21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 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 cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Why has doubt replaced certainty in John’s mind about Jesus? Why do you think Jesus chose to answer John’s doubt in this way? What might this mean for our efforts to communicate the message of Jesus and the kingdom in our culture and location today? Does my life display that God is real, alive, and loving?
Five bits and pieces that I connect to this:
1. Ellen White: “Much more than mere sermonizing is included in preaching the gospel….The union of Christlike work for the body and Christlike work for the soul is the true interpretation of the gospel” (Welfare Ministry, pp. 32-33).
2. Supposedly by St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”
3. Nooma You 015 [What does my life say about Jesus’ resurrection?]
4. Donald Miller, “Story” [MP3 hosted on the Mars Hill website. What a character does rather than thinks or feels is ultimately all that matters.]
5. Peter Rollins at Baylor University [Christianity and God shouldn’t merely be to make us feel better about what might happen when we die. They have significance for how we live now.]