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Go And Tell John

Go And Tell John
By Dennis Huebshman

In Luke 7, John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus asking if He was the one to come or should they look for another. This is very interesting as John and Jesus were related and John was about 6 months older than Jesus. In Matthew 11:2, we’re told John was in prison when he sent the two disciples.

In Luke 1, we have the story of the conception of Elizabeth, mother of John and Mary mother of Jesus. We’re told they were relatives (cousins) and the Angel Gabriel had appeared to them both to announce they would give birth. They were also descendants of King David. When Elizabeth was about 6 months pregnant and Mary was about 1 to 2 months, Mary went to visit Elizabeth in a town in Judah. As Mary entered the house, the baby in Elizabeth “leaped” in her womb, and Elizabeth realized Mary was carrying the Messiah. We’re not given much after this, so we don’t know if the young John and Jesus saw much of each other during their growing years. The only youth account of either is of Jesus when He was 12 and was in the Temple. (Luke 2)

In Luke 7, Jesus had healed a centurion’s servant and raised a widow’s son from death. Needless to say, both of these events raised some attention to all the people in the area, and Jesus performed many more healings of people with diseases, plagues and possessions of evil spirits. A couple of John’s disciples told him about this so, as mentioned above, John sent them asking of He really was the Messiah or was all this just coincidence Considering John’s first encounter with Jesus was when he was still in the womb, one would think at this time he would’ve recognized the majesty of his cousin.

Jesus responded in a very simple but direct way. He said, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard; the blind receive sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up. (Luke 7:22)

At this point, I believe John realized his cousin was truly the Messiah that he had baptized earlier (Luke 3:16) and had told the people “I baptize with water, but One was coming that would baptize with the Holy Spirit.” People had thought that John might be the Promised One, but he told them he was but a forerunner. He said, “You yourselves can testify that I said I am not the Christ but rather I have been sent before Him. He must become more important while I become less important. (John 3: 28,30)

John realized his time was about over and that he had fulfilled his role of preparing the way for Jesus. It was obvious there was no jealousy and he willingly stepped aside. In fact, he encouraged his disciples to go and follow Jesus. Shortly after this message was given to John about what Jesus had said he was martyred in prison.

John’s ministry was over, but it had sparked a revolution of sorts. Jesus’ popularity was ever increasing. All the signs and wonders He performed were truly miraculous and even the Pharisees were amazed that He taught with such authority.

Jesus made it clear as to why He was there John 10:7-11 says, “Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

This is followed by John 10: 16-18: “I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also and they will listen to my voice. So, there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason, the Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father. Jesus was in charge of everything He did right up to Calvary and the Resurrection thereafter.

For those who claim Jesus never professed to be God, John 10: 27-30 says: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.”

Prior to the cross, a personal profession of repentance of sins and water baptism was carried out This was a temporary measure much like the Temple sacrifices that were carried out all the way back to Moses. After the cross, it was necessary to accept Jesus, ask Him for forgiveness of sins and the baptism was of the Holy Spirit entering us which was absolutely necessary for salvation. Water is a public profession of an act already accomplished.

John sacrificed his own personal life to bring people to repentance and Jesus sacrificed His human life to get us a place in Heaven. The only sacrifice we must make is to accept what has already been done for us. Jesus paid the price in-full for our redemption, but we do have to accept Him. Sounds like a real great deal yet so many refuse to do so. The Heavenly Father is very proud of His Son (2nd. Person of the Trinity) and will not be very happy with those who reject Him. This will be made evident at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20: 11-15)

From this judgment there is no appeal, no pardons. It’s as final as it can get. No one has to go through this judgment if they only make the right choice. Choose today – not only will you get to be with Jesus, but all Believers from the beginning of earth’s time. What a day that will be, when My Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace.

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Maranatha!

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