GO TO HIM!
2 Now when
John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by
his disciples 3 and said to Him, "Are You the Expected One, or shall we
look for someone else?" 4 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and
report to John what you hear and see: 5 the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the
lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are
raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 6 "And blessed
is he who does not take offense at Me." Jesus' Tribute to John 7 As
these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about
John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by
the wind? 8 "But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft
clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings' palaces! 9 "But
what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is
more than a prophet. 10 "This is the one about whom it is written,
'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY
"Now as for
me, I said in my prosperity, "I will never be moved." O LORD, by Your
favor You have made my mountain to stand strong."
Hardly anyone has testified so wonderful about the safety in the
Lord as David. Just think of Psalm 4:8: "In peace I will both lie down
and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety." Or
psalm 23, and many other places.
But here in psalm 30 it is something else David wants to promote.
the emphasis is on the word
And listen how he goes on in his testimony: "You hid Your face, I was
dismayed. To You, O LORD, I called, And to the Lord I made
Take a look at our text too,
which situation the "greatest born of women"
find himself in. And then we do
not think of the outward situation, that he was in prison. But he was in
All religious scruples turns on a disturbance of the relationship
with Jesus, Gods salvation. Therefore it is also the bright light
of the gospel alone, that can help in that kind of trouble.
John goes through the same in his prison cell as David describes in
Psalm 30. The face of God was hidden from him. What is the
of God for a believer, if not
"I was dismayed!" And what did David do then? Did he perish in
despair? Did he stare himself blind at the darkness before him, when the
face of God was hidden from him? No, "To
You, O LORD, I called, And to
I made supplication."
This is how a believer is - it does not matter how dark it is - he
calls to the LORD.
Here we see the same thing about John. He sends for
and desire answer from
The fact that John could come into this situation at all, makes in
high degree topical for the individual of us, Gods word by the apostle
Paul: "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not
John, in his enormous operation - the whole Israel were, so to
speak, kneeling before him - could not ever imagine this situation to
occur. But John too had to be saved as the one he actually was, that is,
perished in himself.
It was not enough to be John the Baptist! It was not enough that he had
stood firm in an enormous operation for Jesus!
We so quickly think that - He was saved
he was Isaiah - he
he was Abraham - he
he was Ezekiel and so on, but they were all saved because of
and His work. He, the only one that could fulfil
They were saved the same way as we were. They had just one single
reason for boldness - the one as the apostle testifies about in the
"Therefore, brethren, -- we have confidence to enter
the holy place by
the blood of Jesus."
have our reason for boldness there - otherwise we will simply never
So it was with John too.
And so also with
You who are in doubt concerning Jesus person. You who are in doubt
what His salvation concerns. You should not turn here and there, but
call upon Him in this trouble - because it is a much greater trouble
than any human suspect, still less understand
- not to be sure about ones real reason for salvation. - And then you
have His promise: "When I rescue you, you should honor Me."
It is not a small vow we get there, you and I. And it is the Lord
Himself who makes that vow - no less. And He does not demand anything
else than: "Call upon Me!" Then you shall - according to the word of
Jesus - receive! We do not really want to make
Him a liar, do we?
This was exactly what John did as well - he called upon Jesus.
Turned his worry and his question to Jesus Himself. And he got answer.
He got the answer
could calm down
John knew the Scriptures. Then Jesus simply did not say: "Go and
report John: Yes! It is I!" But He pointed out what happened by Him, and
especially what John needed to hear for his own sake: "THE POOR HEAR THE
GOSPEL PREACHED UNTO THEM."
And by showing John His acts, Jesus tells him plainly who He is: "And
blessed is he who does not take offense at Me."
This points directly to a prophecy of Moses. - Moses, the hostile
among the Jews thought Jesus contradicted him! - Deut. 18 says: "The
LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you,
from your countrymen, you shall listen to him... (v.15). 'I will raise
up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My
words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he
shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him."
This prophecy Peter also points out in his speech to the
people in Acts 3:22-23, and says:
"Moses said, 'THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM
YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to
you.." - And now it concerns me and you, my reader! - "And it will be
that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly
destroyed from among the people." In other words. ""And
blessed is he who does not take offense at Me."
John did not need any more "evidence." He knew Him by the Word. It
is also how it is for every single Christian. He do not need any type of
the world requires. He receives an answer in his spirit that the world
cannot understand. Community with Jesus, in The Words testimony about
Him. "An evil and adulterous generation
for a sign."
Notice that John did not ask for any sign. He simply asked Jesus
about His person. Now, perhaps you should do that too, instead of
brooding in your own? Ask Him! Perhaps you are tired with all the
thousands of words
the Law -
the Gospel and so on. You would certainly want that Jesus Himself came
to you. Ask Him! It is not possible for anyone but Him to fulfil that
But He is coming to you exactly in
We as Christian witnesses, or preachers, cannot do anything but
carry further the Word and the comfort we have received ourselves. We
are not able to reveal Jesus for any human heart - it is fully His work
But we know how it comes to pass, and hear: "Everyone who asks
John did receive!
Another thing a preacher perhaps ought to beg the Lord for is, that
he himself could get part in the message in a way, that Jesus could be
present active in his testimony.
V. 7 - 10.
did you go out in the wilderness - and
did you want to see?
This disastrous curiosity that makes so many people flying here and
there searching for something extraordinary - something special - was in
operation here too. Then one get stuck in so many other things, than the
thing that gives salvation. One is attracted by this artificial light
like an insect to a lamp in the darkness. Stucked as in a magnet, and
the true message of salvation seems to be total darkness.
John was a
Jesus says. And the work of a prophet is not to be great oneself, but to
that has dispatch one.
Yes, John was more than a prophet.
The prophets that lived before John, told prophecies - often obscure -
about Him, the one that once should come - John told about Him as his
Therefore it was, in reality, nothing to see in the wilderness for
any other than they whom heard Johns
There was the
that was out there in the wilderness. And the message was not about
about Jesus. "He
was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light."
Like John tells himself, when they ask about his person: "I am A VOICE
OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS."
We shall watch out for great preachers! Great "prophets"
that like to interpret their own person. A preacher is nothing but a
voice of one calling - about
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