Blessed… Are You the One?

When Jesus finished teaching his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.  Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me” (Matthew 11:1-6, Common English Bible).

Whenever we see things happen, we start to make assumptions. We try to put the things we see and putting together the events and then we start drawing conclusions about what we have seen.

John the Baptist knew something  about Jesus back when he baptized him in the Jordan River. Wait, what am I saying? When John the Baptist was still in his mother Elizabeth’s womb and Jesus was still in Mary’s womb, John knew there was something different about Jesus. He might not have known exactly what that meant, but he knew even before he was born that there was something about Jesus.

Just before John Baptized Jesus, he knew something was different. He knew Jesus should be baptizing him. He still didn’t know exactly what was different.

In our reading today, John has taken all he has seen and started putting it together to draw a conclusion. Everything that John has seen and heard lead him to the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah. Today’s lesson is about confirmation and I don’t mean the class we send kids through in order to become church members. John had drawn a hypothesis and now he wanted to know if the conclusion he had drawn was indeed correct.

In typical form, Jesus doesn’t give a simple yes or no answer. Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.” Jesus is pointing to the words the prophets had said regarding the Messiah. This was the proof. Now John had to draw his own conclusion.

If Jesus gave a simple yes or no answer, it would give John a head answer. What really makes a difference is a heart answer. Jesus, in essence, is telling John, “You have seen and you have heard. I am telling you what is happening. Now it is up to you to decide if you believe in your heart what you know in your head.

The same holds true for us. We have seen the Spirit of God at work in the world around us. We have heard the stories of how God has worked through the Bible and in the lives of people around us. The only logical conclusion is that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Now, will we believe in our hearts what we know in our heads. He is the One!!!

What has God done to show you God is the Hope of the World?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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