Are you looking for other gods?
18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them,19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
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.”
In this passage, we see that John, like a lot of other Jews, was waiting for a warrior king that would come and overthrow the oppressive Roman rule.
Jesus answers the question put to him by referring to evidence demonstrating that yes, Jesus is the saviour predicted by the Old Testament.
This side of the cross, we know that Jesus established his lordship over all. However, it is often very tempting to let other things act as ‘god’ over our life. Our priorities slowly get twisted around so that time with God’s people and time in God’s word shrink to a small part of our week and instead we go chasing after some other thing that will ultimately not fill the longing in our soul. Can I encourage you to set some time aside this week to reflect on what you could be stopping or starting in your week to make room for Jesus.
Jesus has come to set you free. You don’t need to expect (or go looking for) anyone or anything else.
Head: does your life reflect that you are trusting in Jesus, or is His voice just another amongst the throng of what shapes your time from day to day?
Heart: are you expecting God to move in your timing, or His?
Hands: do you need to change your habits so you are not tempted to spend time in places (or with people) where you could be unhelpfully lead away from God?
Prayer: Lord, thank you that Jesus came and dealt with sin once and for all on the cross. When we look away from that glorious truth, in your mercy please don’t let us be seduced too much by the things of this world. Please allow us to rest in Jesus and all He has accomplished.
A song to listen to: My lighthouse
Oliver Meehan- Creek Road Presbyterian Church- Carina