Luke 7:19-22 – The Work Will Testify

Luke 7:19-22
 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

-Knowing that he was very near to losing his life for the sake of the Lord, John sends his disciples to Jesus to ask for an encouraging word; to ask if He truly is the One who is worth dying for.  Notice Jesus’ answer (or lack thereof).  What did He do?  He cured and healed and preached, and His “answer” was to tell John the things which the disciples had witnessed.  Why is this important?  When Jesus was later questioned as to His true nature, He answered, “If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God” (John 8:54) Jesus could have easily defended his Deity to John, but in His wisdom, He instead focuses on doing the Father’s work and allowing the Father to glorify Him instead.  So many of us spend so much of our time trying to carve out our place in the world and seek glory, but what good does that ultimately do?   We should instead follow our Lord’s example and do the work He has laid before us. (John 21:22)

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