No short answer, please

Luke 7:19  And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

In the book of Luke, we read that John the Baptist is in prison and sent two of his messengers to Jesus to see if what he had heard was true.   When his messengers arrived to Jesus, they asked a simple question. Are you the coming one?


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Jesus did not answer right away, instead, he did what he does best.  He cured infirmities, afflictions, cast out evil spirits, and to many blind he gave sight. 

Jesus did not give a short answer of yes but demonstrated the power of God.  These messengers from John the Baptist saw Jesus in action.  I can only imagine what they felt when they saw evil spirits being cast out, the blind receiving their sight. They were right in the middle of the action.

When Jesus finished, he told the messengers to report back what they witnessed and also sent a message to his cousin.  Luke 7:23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” he was encouraging John, exhorting him to not abandon the faith.

As I read this verse, two things jumped out at me.  John the Baptist is in prison and needed to hear the truth.  While we may not be in prison, there are times where we need reassurance, a first-hand account that yes, I am working even though you may not see it. Believe and hold onto the promise.

Yes, there are times I waver, feel hopeless but I choose to go back to the word and believe.  Even though I may not see my breakthrough, God is working behind the scenes.

The second thing that jumped out was that Jesus did not give a short answer, he did not say yes, and had the messengers return. He showed them what was going on.  Many times someone will ask me a question, and it’s so easy to answer with a short sentence, never including God. It does not take long to answer what God is showing me, how I am blessed, how I stand on the promise and many other things. 

Don’t give the short answer, brag about the Lord and all he has done for you, even when you go through struggles. Share about your faith, weakness, and strengths. 

Be real, and you will realize that is all people want. 

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