2021_08_04 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Luke 7-8
Years ago, I heard someone say, “In the beginning, God created mankind in His image and ever since we’ve been returning the favor.” This has stuck with me because it is so true. Often you can hear people preface a comment about God by saying, “I like to think of God as…” then they fill in the blank with their own idea that is not at all rooted in the Bible. Jesus ran up against this often in His ministry, and this may be what fueled the question that John sent to Him from prison. In 7:18 John asks the question of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” We don’t know exactly what led to this, but remember that John had been leading the way for the Messiah to be revealed, and at Jesus’ baptism John was certain that Jesus was Him. However, as time went on, Jesus didn’t act like the Messiah many people were expecting. To many, they believed God’s deliverer would come in to rescue His people with mighty power, overcoming all enemies - especially the Romans - and establish His kingdom with loud strength and a big display... and as we know, that wasn’t how Jesus operated. As John wrote that question he was sitting in prison facing a very uncertain future and having to rely on what he heard from others about Jesus’ ministry. Whatever his reason, John did the right thing by having his messengers go directly to Jesus with the question. Jesus answered by referring to Isaiah chapter 35, which describes what God will do when He ushers in His kingdom “the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” Luke 7:22 (NLT) Hearing this, John was fully reassured that Jesus was the Messiah. It also reminded him that God’s ways are not our ways, and His deliverance would focus on our sin and not merely our circumstances… that would come later.
A lesson here is that God’s word needs to be the most important factor in our understanding of God, who He is and what He is like. Superimposing our own ideas on Him will lead us to disappointment and disillusionment.