Today’s Reflection: Matthew 11:2-11
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 33:1-24; Revelation 5:1-14
And when John hearing in prison the works of the Christ, He sent word by His disciples… (Matthew 11:2)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When John the Baptist signed up to be the greatest prophet born of woman, the brochure didn’t include things like, “rotting alone in prison until you are beheaded” in the job description.
John had pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He experienced the Holy Trinity at the Lord’s Baptism: he heard the Father’s voice and saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and alighting on Jesus. Then, He spoke out against King Herod, was seized and jailed. In just a little bit, John would be killed as party entertainment for King Herod’s daughter. What a waste!
John’s disciples ask Jesus point blank, “Are you the Coming One or should we look for another?” I’ve asked that question of Jesus. You have, too. “Are you actually going to save me or do I have to figure this out on my own?” Is it doubt? Is it that I’m despairing? What am I supposed to do when God just isn’t doing what I think He should do?
Repent and look where the Baptist is pointing you! He’s pointing you to Jesus! Jesus points you to what He does for you: the blind receive their sight, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. It’s as if Jesus says, “Look at what I do for you! I preach the Gospel so that you would be saved! I heal the sick so that you would be saved! Everything I do for you, I do to save you!”
We all have doubts. We can, in faith, question what’s going on with God. We can look at the heavens say, “I don’t get this, God.” It’s even okay not to understand what God is doing, how He’s making it good, and how He’s going to save you from what has befallen you.
Just take your doubts to where Jesus saved you: the Cross. Drag your despair and drown it where He made you His own: the Baptismal font. Find peace in the absolution preached by Pastor: Your sins are forgiven. And feed your faith, your trust, with the Body and Blood of Jesus.
For Jesus is the Coming One. He is coming this Christmas to save you. All that He did and said He did to save. He did it for John the Baptist. He did it for you and me, too. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Gaudete, LSB)