A Faith Fight
“And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Luke 7.19 NKJV).
John the Baptist was the Voice in the Wilderness, preparing the way for Jesus. Very quickly when John was still only about 30 years old, his earth-shaking ministry was over. He was sent to prison, and midway through Jesus’ 3 year ministry, he was beheaded by King Herod. He fulfilled his purpose of being the “voice” for Jesus, but his ministry of faith was still being tested. While in prison, John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to question Jesus. He wanted to know if Jesus truly was the Messiah. Jesus would not declare his Godhood. Instead, Jesus said for John to look at the signs: people were being healed, raised to life and set free by the Gospel. Jesus would not answer the question because he didn’t want to usurp the ministry of faith, which John would live out until his death. John the Baptist will forever be know as the greatest prophet because he held onto faith and paved the way for the world to receive their King (Luke 7.28). Many times, we question the promises that God has given us. We wonder if we were simply hearing things. All circumstances declare that our promises are dead and the Enemy plants seeds of doubt in our soul, and it is at that moment we beg God to split the heavens, send an angel or write His promises on the wall, so we can have proof that His promises are real. But how does that take faith? We must have faith in His promises and His Truth found in His Word. Jesus would not rob John the Baptist’s claim to faith, and He won’t do that to us today. He wants us to cling onto faith. So instead of waiting for supernatural intervention, we can reflect on all the “signs” that God has given us along the way. We must never let go of our ministry of faith because that is the “good fight” in which we claim victory.
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6.12 NIV).