“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” – G.K. Chesterton
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John (the Baptist) summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
This was a very perplexing time for John the Baptist.
He had been so sure that the messiah he was anticipating was Jesus.
But now he wasn’t sure.
Jesus had been curing people of diseases, healing them of their suffering, restoring sight to the blind, opening the ears of the deaf, cleansing lepers, and proclaiming the good news to the poor.
John likely thought the messiah would come in power to vanquish the Roman oppressors.
But instead, Jesus was spending his time with all the so-called “sinners” and letting them know that they were unconditionally loved by God.
When we follow Jesus, it will change the way we live our lives: how we shop, how we vote, how we interact with others.
It will lead us to toward caring for those at the bottom, not climbing to the top.
Are we tending to the sick, the down-trodden, the suffering?
Are we proclaiming the good news to the poor?
Are we changing our worldview and lifestyle to fit Jesus or are we changing Jesus to fit our worldview and lifestyle?
Those in power, those at the top of society, many times do not react kindly to the way of Jesus.
As Jesus told John’s two disciples: “Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me” (Luke 7:21).
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