“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
– Matthew 11:6
John the Baptist literally gave it all for the call and cause of Christ. He is and will always be one of the great illustrations of a “no compromised life.” Of Jesus he said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” But at the end of John’s life; imprisoned for righteousness sake and death by execution on the horizon, he experience a crisis.
I may be reading too much into the text, but it seems that John’s expectation of the Messiah wasn’t being met. This wasn’t the outcome he imagined, which was why he sent his disciples to Jesus with a question. “Are you the Christ, or should we seek another?”
“John, I know this isn’t the way you thought things would turn out. My plan may look different than how you dreamed it. But I do have a plan, and blessed are you if you are not offended when my plan plays out differently than you imagined it would.”
How do you respond when Jesus doesn’t meet your expectations? If He hasn’t yet, He will. Don’t be offended with the Lord if He doesn’t meet your expectations.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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Additional Daily Devotionals
My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers
Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon
Books on the Gospels
“Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim