The pre-born child (later to be known as John the Baptiser) leaped in his mother’s womb when Mary, herself pregnant with Jesus approached John’s mother, Elizabeth. There was a Spiritual connection between Prophet and Saviour of the World, even from before birth.
John grew up and became a rugged man. A man’s man. No beer drinking for him. He was a Nazarene. A religious fanatic by some people’s terms. Living off the land. Telling anyone who would listen that the Messiah is coming; in fact the Messiah is now here.
John the Baptiser, telling of miracles about to happen; Healings about to take place; Salvation for any and all who want it. And then -
John is tossed into prison. A dungeon really. Did he have hopes? Dreams? Expectations of what might come to be when the Saviour of the world, the Jewish Messiah finally arrived? Might John himself be part of this royal kingdom? Sit on a throne perhaps? Naw, he didn't need that? Thrones are for sissies . . . but . . . but this? A prison?
“How can my sitting in a dungeon be part of God’s plan? What if Jesus isn’t the Messiah?”
Have you ever thought that? Lot’s of people have. I can’t imagine it happening to me, but then again, I’ve never been where John the Baptiser has been.
And then John, said to his disciples, “Go and ask Jesus if He really is the one we’ve been waiting for.”
“Go and ask Jesus, “Was I right? Have I made a mistake? If you’re the Messiah, why am I here in prison. I was your runner! I came in the very spirit of Elijah! There’s been no one quite like me. Do I have a place in Your kingdom - if - that is - if you really are Messiah?””
Have you ever asked?
If your real, Jesus, why have I lost my job?
Why am I sick? Why don’t you heal today like you used to?
If you’re a God of love, why did my child die?
Why did I have to experience years of sexual abuse?
If you’re real, God, why all the physical pain and suffering?
John asked. And John didn’t even know at that point that he was about to have his head cut off.
Have you ever had doubts about Jesus?