“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.