Should we look for another? (Day 3 Matthew 11:3)

 “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Matthew 11:3 NET

It seems strange that John the Baptist would ask such a question.  After all it was John himself that proclaimed  “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am—I am not worthy to carry his sandals. (Matthew 3:11 NET) John has been in prison for a considerable amount of time and likely has only heard spotty reports of the early Galilean ministry of Christ.  So it seems reasonable that he would want to confirm his personal thoughts about Christ, by asking Jesus directly if he is indeed the Messiah.  Many today however, ask a similar question in a far less innocent fashion.  There is an ever growing number of people in the world and even in the church who honestly wonder if Jesus was the real deal.  Many in the younger generations are convinced that we should indeed be looking elsewhere for our salvation.  This has lead to an ever increasing number of religiously apathetic individuals and false religions that teach only about personal fulfillment and happiness rather than the truth of the gospel. Other generations have given up on Christ alone as their source of salvation and instead actively seek out things like wealth, power, status, and recognition.  Christ is certainly a part of their equation for salvation, but it is not Christ alone.  If you have been reading with us through the New Testament challenge over the first three days it is easy to see that Jesus has provided ample evidence of his eternal origin, purpose, and divine abilities in the first 13 chapters of Matthew’s gospel.  Certainly Christ has provided sufficient evidence for the modern day believer as well.  Not only do we have the context of scripture and over 2,000 years of  verification that Jesus is the Christ, many of use have personally experienced his saving grace in our lives.  We have experienced miraculous signs and wonders, along with unexplainable peace, comfort, and wisdom.  The question is despite all of this are we still choosing to look for another, or have we been convinced that he is indeed the Christ?  Search your heart for any lingering doubt that may exist about the authenticity of Christ today so that you will not waste another moment on such foolishness.

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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2 Responses to Should we look for another? (Day 3 Matthew 11:3)

  1. Crystal says:

    The pain didn’t really start for me till after I became a child of God. I only wished I could be in prison to escape all the heartache. But the Bible says he is hear for the sick. And if we are praying for the sick sometimes we have to endure the storms till they find God. But when they do it seems like only a day has gone by even if it was years. Even if people around you try to make you give up. Keepgoing for the goal

  2. Royce Hart says:

    Andrew Wommack points out something really cool about this passage. Check this out… John the Baptist was born to preach the coming of the Messiah. His entire life was dedicated to that purpose. Well, in Matthew 3, he had serious cause to wonder whether he’d failed… he was in prison, cut off from the people he was sent to witness to. At the lowest point of his despair, he now wondered whether his efforts were spent in vain – so he sent his disciples to ask Jesus the natural question, “Are you the guy we’ve been waiting for? What gives??” (paraphrased)

    In Matthew 3:4-6, Jesus responds, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 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. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

    Jesus does something better than provide a direct answer to John’s question. He points out the fulfillment of prophecy – the work John was called to make the way for. Compare Isaiah 35:5-6: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.” As if that weren’t enough, Jesus mentions “the dead are raised.”

    In relaying this message, the disciples may not have known it, but John the Baptist surely knew that Jesus was the right guy and that his mission, his life’s work, was fulfilled.

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