Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 1 Sep
Doubt is an interesting topic for Christians. Should a Christian doubt? Some will say Christians should not doubt. Others will say there are Christians who do doubt. Doubt can be destructive like the illustration James uses of the person who is like the wave blown here and there. You are always uncertain and cannot settle on any firm decision. It is like the kid’s rhyme, “She loves me, she loves me not.”
However, doubt can be constructive. It drives you to research the topic and will provide you with a firm base upon which to stand.
As we unravel the verses in Matthew 11 we discover John the Baptist is having doubts. We have a faithful follower of Jesus. John is faithful in proclaiming the Scriptures. He has told religious leaders to repent of their sins. He has told a leader in the government that he has broken God’s law by committing adultery.
John now finds himself in a prison cell, and as the days progress he is wondering if Jesus really is the One. And so John sends his followers to Jesus with a simple question, “Are you the One, or should we look elsewhere?”
How would you answer? Perhaps you have had similar thoughts yourself? Events in your life have not gone as you have thought. You begin to question the decision to follow Jesus. Is Jesus the One? Perhaps you had those thoughts but you have not felt free to express them because the Christians you know appear to have a rock solid faith. Rest assured – Jesus is the One!