The messengers from John approached Jesus when He was ministering to a large crowd. He had been teaching and healing. When the disciples spoke with Jesus, the crowd was still assembled and, it seems, at least some of the crowd knew of their exchange. Jesus didn't berate John for asking questions or voicing doubts. Instead, he first turned the questions back to the crowd.
"When you went to see John in the wilderness, what were you seeking?" He asked. "It wasn't a weak reed of a man nor a fancy dandy of a man," He continued. "You went to see a prophet." He told them what they had gone to see was actually a man who was more than a prophet.
The Greek word here, prophētēs,
John made it clear that it was sin that prevented their own relationship with God, and it was only repentance for sin that could open the lines of communication with God. "Repent!" John had said over and over again. They knew that was his message, and that is exactly what they wanted to hear. They were desperate for someone to tell them, to show them, how to repent and get the sin out of their hearts and lives. They wanted someone to show them how to have this God-life they'd been trying to accomplish with rituals and sacrifices.
Aren't we also hungry for an encounter with God of our own? Don't we also long for a personal encounter with the Almighty? There are many who disdain the attempt, but perhaps it is because they have not yet understood how to have it for themselves. Are you willing to be a John to those who are seeking? Will you share with all God sends your way?
Pray today that we would repent of anything that keeps us from our Lord and that we would share our experience with Him so clearly that we would be like a road sign, pointing the way to Christ.
Link to last night's post: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/05/pursuing-protein.html