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This Gospel text has always amazed me. How could John the Baptist express such doubt about Jesus after he had told others about Jesus the Messiah? Now John is facing death, and he's experiencing some doubt about Jesus. He sends his disciples for confirmation that what he is giving his life for is worth it.

Most of us have gone through periods of doubt in our lives. In this story we find we are in good company. Wondering if faith in Jesus is real or worth it was part of John's story, too. Jesus responds in a way that is reassuring to John -- and to us. Jesus tells John's disciples to remind him of what they have seen God do through Jesus. God's mighty acts provide proof of who Jesus is. Jesus sends John a reassuring message: I am who you think I am. What you are doing with your life is worth it.

Holy Spirit, reassure us today that our faith in Jesus is worth it. Remind us of the amazing things you have done in our lives and in the lives of others. Help us trust you deeply as we go about our day. Amen.

Michael Binder '17
Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership,
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Matthew 11:2-11 (NRSV)

2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples
3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"
4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.
6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."
7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.
9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 This is the one about whom it is written, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

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