March 7 “Report to John What You Hear and See”
John the Baptist got on board early. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). As time passed, John began to wonder. “He sent his disciples to ask Jesus, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’” (Matthew 11:2-3).
Faith has two aspects. One is internal, subjective, feelings. Most Americans talk about faith that way. Reboot! More basic in the Bible, faith is directed to something outside us, something objective. “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 cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:4-5). Outside more than in us. Objective more than subjective. Regrets must turn from self to Jesus in repentance, otherwise true Easter will never come.
“Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered” (Oswald Chambers).