In Matthew 11 John the Baptist asks an important question ... "Are you the One?" Maybe John was onto something!
John could have been worried about his well being. He was jailed, waiting for "justice" from Herod, possibly even concerned about the lives of his followers. All of these worries were valid. Jail was not the cake-walk it is today. Herod's justice would be no justice at all as John would be beheaded on the whim of an evil woman. His followers were certainly in danger. Yet John, in his focused and single-purposed way, was more interested in getting a question answered. Maybe this is not just "a" question ... it could be "the" question. "Are you the One?"
As I watched an episode of Morgan Freeman's "Story of God" I considered that even today we ask that question. Freeman is pursuing answers to questions about God, faith, theodacy, the afterlife and other deep theological questions. Many of the answers on the TV show are hopeful expressions of faith and belief from people who cannot possibly all be right. But John's question truly gets to the point ... "Are you the One?"
John understood that the answer to the God question isn't trees, nature, men who have lived and died, rivers, animals or "the force." The answer is one God. A God who is not altered by us but chooses to manifest Himself in ways that Scripture describes in both stark detail and maddening vagueness. Jesus loved John so He gives John a tangible answer. "Look at what is happening! The blind see ... the lame walk ... the deaf hear ... the dead are raised." I pray all of us will open our eyes to the miracles of this day and be able to escape the storm of daily issues, most of which have no cosmic importance. I pray we will see God in this day ... powerful ... wonderful ... mysterious ... beautiful ... one. Randy