When John the Baptist was in prison (Matt.11:2), he sent two of disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" In other words, "Are you the Messiah?"
Before we look at how Jesus did answer, consider what he didn't say:
- "Tell John he just needs to believe because I said so."
- "Tell John that he needs to have more faith."
- "Shame on John for asking questions."
Jesus answered as follows:
"Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them." (Matt. 11:4)
In other words, Jesus was saying, "Tell John to look at the evidence."
Is this true of us? When people ask us questions about our Christian convictions are we able to "make a defense" (1 Peter 3:15) or do you simply tell them to have more faith or believe because the Bible says so?
Jesus valued evidence; therefore, so should we His followers.
Courage and Godspeed,