Has there ever been a time in your life when you have looked at Jesus or just expected something different from Him than what was shown? I have done that. I have expected and wanted Jesus to be something different than He is. They are not my proudest moments, but they happened. There were many factors that went into those feelings. In all of those times I was not in a great position. Some of them I would say I was close to God but my circumstances were bad around me. In those times I wanted more from God and I wanted Him to provide how I thought was best. Other times I was far from God which led to a complete misunderstanding of the way Jesus should be in my life.
In this passage we get a glimpse of John the Baptist feeling like Jesus isn’t what he expected. During this time John was in prison and was not looking at a lot of time left on this earth. This situation would cause most anyone to have some off thoughts or expectations. The bottom line is that John thought that Jesus would come in and clean the place up, but Jesus was serving and connecting with the “unclean.”
The beauty of this whole thing is that when Jesus is questioned He doesn’t give an answer. He instead heals and raises the dead and meets needs. He shows himself to be the Messiah. If we are not careful we can let circumstances or preconceived thoughts about the world and even God dictate our expectations. The reality is that God does not have to explain himself to us. And yet He shows us who He is and how He is present through His creation, through His Word, and through the intimate relationship we can have with Him. God has a purpose that is far greater than we can understand. Will you trust Him? Will you see Him for who He is and not who you want Him to be or who you think He should be? Who He is so much better.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate