Are You Really the Messiah?
Read Matthew 11:1-19
In this chapter of Matthew, Jesus continues to minister throughout the towns and nearby villages. John the Baptist, who by now was in prison, had heard about all the things that Jesus was doing, so John sent Him a message. This message is in the form of a question, and it’s one that has been echoed through the ages. In fact, it’s the most important question anyone could ask. And John asked of Jesus,
Are You really the Messiah we've been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else? ~ Matthew 11:3
Are you really the Messiah ... That question is so very important for us to ask because Jesus’ answer requires action from us. If the answer is no, then we, like John, would be compelled to keep looking for someone else. But if Jesus' answer is yes, indeed, He is the anticipated Messiah, the long-awaited Deliverer of mankind, our response must be decisive. It must be absolute. I found it interesting to read Jesus' answer…
Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him about what you have heard and seen – the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life ... Matthew 11:4, 5
Instead of giving John a direct answer, Jesus encourages Him to think about it. Consider all he's witnessed of Jesus. Think about all he's heard of Jesus. Weigh all the evidence there is, and then John could make up his own mind.
We've all heard the old saying “Convince a man against his will, he stays the same opinion still.” I believe Jesus was stressing the importance of free will. John had to answer the question himself. And this question must be answered by every single human that's ever lived since.
God has given us the honor of free will... the gift of free choice... the privilege of personal decision. But it’s impossible to make a decision of this importance without some evidence, without some experience. And so Jesus pointed John to the facts.
What facts do we know of Jesus? Actually, scholars have discovered many indisputable historical and archeological evidences for Jesus. And, what about experience? What have you personally experienced of Jesus? If you’re a little doubtful on the experience idea, let me encourage you to give it a try. What can you lose? Nothing. What can you gain? The relationship of a lifetime. Of 10 lifetimes. Okay, eternity.
But it all begins with a question. Is Jesus really God… the Messiah… the Deliverer… the only One who can make sense of my life?
If you ask that question, I mean really ask it with an open heart, you won’t have to wonder about the answer.