December 14

Matthew 11:2-6

“When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’” vss. 2-3

“Are you the one who is to come?” John wanted to know. He’d heard what Jesus had been doing, and while it didn’t quite accord with what he thought the Messiah would do, he was still hoping. He knew that there had been a whole string of purported Messiahs and, one by one they’d been thwarted in their efforts. None had been able to muster the power and authority necessary to restore the kingdom to Israel. Maybe Jesus would be the one! We too wonder about Jesus sometimes. We’ve heard the stories of marvelous deeds of power–some have testified about the impact he’s had on their lives. We’ve even heard that he’s been raised from the dead and that he’s a living presence in our world. Some days we believe what has been told to us and say the creeds with confidence. On those days we whole-heartedly cast our lot with Jesus and claim to be his followers. But at other times we can’t help but wonder. As the popular song puts it, “I wonder as I wander out under the sky, how Jesus my Savior did come for to die…” And that’s okay! It’s the most natural thing in the world to have questions about the Divine Presence. Life seems so ordinary–shouldn’t Jesus make it extraordinary? We wonder–and continue to trust!

Thought for the Day: What do I wonder as I wander?

 

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