When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him
“Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else”
When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent messengers asking Jesus if he was the Messiah. John had seen the Holy Spirit come down and heard God speak when Jesus was baptised, so he knew who Jesus was. Then John gave the testimony “I saw the spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me
“The man on him you see the spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit”
John had given this testimony but now he was asking if Jesus was the Messiah. The reason for his doubt was disappointment.
Jesus had promised at the beginning of his ministry that he would “proclaim freedom for the prisoners” Luke 4:18, so John has expected to be released but now he was stuck in prison and would likely die. No wonder he was so disappointed, but also he had fallen into judging Jesus by his own experience.
On the other hand Jesus’s response to John the Baptist is interesting, something that should have given John Hope.
“Go tell John the things which you heard and see. The blind see and the land walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear. The dead are raised up and the poor have gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of me.”
This is the solution that Jesus gave to John’s disappointment. He told him to look at what God was doing. We get disappointed when we focus on the things God is not doing. The better way to deal with offence is rather focus on the things that God is doing and give glory to his work and this should give us new hope that Indeed God is at his best.
Yet John did the right thing when he felt disappointed. He went to Jesus and sort out His unbelief. Jesus was tempted in every way just like us and even more. When
John was killed he could have been offended, he lost his cousin and supporter yet he dealt with his grieve in his own way in which it doesn’t affect anyone around. The bible say he isolated himself from the crowd including his disciples. Matthew 14:12-14.
Offence at God produces unbelief, which limits the Holy Spirit’s power.
Offence come from Satan, take defence in the word of God and his promises.
By Thuli Maphanga