And He answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
John the Baptist is in prison, waiting in expectation for Jesus to do something. Probably a little frustrated by his current situation and wondering what Jesus is up to, he sends a couple of his disciples to find out if Jesus is the One he originally thought. Jesus’ response is recorded above. It’s a simple set of instructions: “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard.”
Odds are you know someone who is a bit like John. It could be they don’t know Jesus as Savior. Maybe it is someone who knows Jesus but is in a low point. I think Jesus is telling us to do the same for these people. Tell them what you’ve seen Jesus doing. He’s healing. He is giving new strength to people. He’s delivering people. He is giving life all around us. Those testimonies are the carriers of hope, so share your stories.
Another thing to encourage others to do is have an open mind. That last line there says that those who aren’t offended by Jesus will be blessed by Him. We know that Jesus and His gospel is scandalous and can offend. But if we choose not to be offended, we will find blessing. We can either take offense or learn. As you share your stories, don’t be afraid to offend the sensibilities of worldly reason. Let God’s supernatural involvement in your life penetrate the natural.
It is important to know that after this line, Jesus gave John a glowing description calling him the greatest man who ever lived. Doubt doesn’t discount us. We all travel through the valley sometimes. But hope shared through the sharing of God’s story in our lives will disperse the doubt, build positive relationships, and develop courage to move forward.
- Write out your testimony. What is God doing in your life currently? What could you share that would encourage other believers or help non-believers see the Gospel at work? Be prepared to share it in conversation today.
- Think about what offends you. Discern if these things are really worth getting offended over. If we expect the world to hear our story without offense, we should be open to hear their story as well, with offense or judgement.