Good morning people who celebrate other people’s miracles.
Matthew 11:2-6 NIV When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.””
John had received an incredible revelation that Jesus was the Messiah; the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He proclaimed this publicly, and he even empowered his own disciples to leave him and to go and follow Jesus. If anyone knew the truth, it was John.
And yet, in the time when he was in prison, he continued hearing about the miracles that Jesus was doing. John needed a miracle, and that was to get out of prison. But his miracle was not happening. So, maybe a little doubt crept in. And so he sent someone to ask Jesus if He really was the One who was coming, or should they expect someone else.
Jesus answered by further highlighting all the miracles that He was doing. And then He finished with a statement, that given the context, was such an important word for us all.
Jesus said, “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of Me.”
In other words, blessed is anyone who does not throw away their confidence and trust in God when they are waiting for their own miracle, even while they hear about many other people receiving their miracles. What a test of our faith!
May we be ones who continue trusting God in our waiting, and may we be ones who celebrate other people’s miracles while we are waiting for our own.