Matthew 11:2-5 – Sustaining Faith

Matthew 11:2-5
2
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

-The same John the Baptist who stood in the face of Jewish authority and plainly declared that Jesus was “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), now sends his disciples to Jesus seeking confirmation that He is the One.  How could such a thing be?  How could such a great prophet of God begin to doubt?  Was he exposed to some new doctrine that caused him to wonder?  No.  Did the terrible circumstances behind his imprisonment shatter his faith?  No.  Jesus’ answer to the disciples tells us the reason behind John’s doubts, “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see.”  You see, being locked away in prison meant that John was not able to “hear and see” the Word of God.  Faith is not self-sustaining, it is authored and completed by Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), which means that even the strongest faith will wither if not fed constantly by the Word.  That’s why when Paul the Apostle found himself similarly imprisoned, he urged Timothy to bring “especially the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13); Paul needed many things while in prison, but he understood that the thing he needed most was the Word of God.  What’s our lesson from this?  We may be avid church-goers and prayer warriors and strong believers, but if we skip the Scriptures, soon we will start to waiver and doubt.  The remedy for us is the same remedy that Jesus prescribed for John.  It is not a new word or a new revelation, it is to “continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of.” (2 Timothy 3:14)
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