John’s Question


Question:  Is there someone famous that you would like to ask
        one question?  What would the question be?


Question:  If you could ask God one question . . . what would it be?


Question:  Did John the Baptist ever have doubts?


Now let’s look at Scripture, and the one question that John the Baptist
had for Jesus.  John was in prison at the time . . .


Matthew 11:1-15 (NIV)   Jesus and John the Baptist:

1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from
     there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.

2 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples
3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect
    someone else?"
4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured,
    the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
7 As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John:
    "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who
     wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 This is the one about whom it is written:   " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you,
      who will prepare your way before you.'
11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone
      greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven
      is greater than he.
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been
     forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
15 He who has ears, let him hear.


Per New Testament Survey (Robert G. Gromacki) regarding Matthew 11:2-5:

“Even John the Baptist began to doubt . . . To assure John, Christ performed
miracles in the presence of John’s messengers and pointed out that these
fulfilled messianic prophecy (cf. Isa. 61:1-2) . . . Christ then called upon
John to trust Him and the purpose of God . . . .”


Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV):

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me
       to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
       to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
       to comfort all who mourn,



Per the Peter Sippel on regarding Matthew 11:2-5:

“ . . . We don't really know what caused this wavering . . .  The second half of the answer clearly
refers to and quotes from the prophecy of Isaiah 35 . . .”


Isaiah 35:4-6 (NIV)  Joy of the Redeemed   :
4 say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
       Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.


Per the IVP commentary on Matthew 11:

“. . . Yet John struggled with human weaknesses, including misunderstanding and doubt
(11:1-6). Aware of our own frailties, we can draw encouragement from the struggles of
our biblical predecessors; God uses imperfect vessels even while he is summoning us to
greater maturity in him . . .”



Per Matthew Henry’s commentary on Matthew 11:
“. . . The remaining unbelief of good men may sometimes, in an hour of temptation; call
in question the most important truths. But we hope that John's faith did not fail in this
matter, and that he only desired to have it strengthened and confirmed. Others think that
John sent his disciples to Christ for their satisfaction. Christ points them to what they
heard and saw . . .”



Per website

According to Matthew 3:14, and more explicitly, in John 1: 29-34, John the Baptist knew
who Jesus was ("I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."). However, in
Matthew 11:2, after Jesus had been baptized by him and while in prison,we read that
John the Baptist sent "his disciples (2 of them according to the Spanish translation)to ask
him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"



Question:  If you could ask God one question . . . what would it be?



Optional reading:

Luke 7:22




Gromacki, Robert G., “New Testament Survey”, Baker Book House,
Grand Rapids, MI.  1985.  Page 81.


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