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John the Baptizer

John the Baptizer

When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”

Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on. The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side.

Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!

Source: Matthew 11 – The Message Bible

John was focused on being in prison and took his eyes off Jesus and what he was doing. John knew that Jesus was the Son of God. John was focused on what Jesus was not doing, i.e. not getting him out of jail. Jesus reminded him of what God was doing through him.

Am I focused on what Jesus is not doing or am I focused on what Jesus is doing? I have a choice. Jesus challenges me to change my mind and focus on what he is doing.


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