The Evidence of the Presence of Jesus, the Messiah
I’ve always been intrigued by the story of John the Baptist sending two of his followers to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” The language suggests that John was not doubting Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah, but rather they wondered if they should look for a second person to complete the work of the Messiah – what we generally think of as Jesus’ second coming to establish a kingdom on earth.
The question makes sense since what John had observed was the political tide turning against Jesus as John sat in prison hoping for deliverance. But what intrigues me even more is Jesus’ response.
Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard – the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. - Luke 7:22 (NLT)
In other words, “Yes, I am fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy about the role of the Messiah, and you can see the difference being made is not purely political but also spiritual and physical transformation happening in the souls of God’s people.”
And to put it in a way we can understand it in modern times, the proof that the Messiah has been revealed is the lives transformed by His presence and His gospel. We see that even today. Every time someone recovers from an addiction, finds emotional healing from grief, or comes to trust in Jesus for the first time, there is the evidence that Jesus the Messiah has been at work.
Is there evidence of the Messiah’s presence in your life? In your home? In your church? Today is definitely a good day to trust Him to do what He will and to testify to the world that He has shown up and done His great work in you!
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