John Maassen

READ : Matthew 11:1-11

After years of fulfilling his ministry by warning multitudes that the Messiah was coming, Jesus’ cousin John could finally point to Him and say, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

But now John is in prison. Sick at heart, he sends his friends to Jesus to ask, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” The Forerunner who has preached so confidently is now racked with uncertainty. Is this really the Christ after all?

Doubt has been described as a torturous burden. Our hearts go out to John. In spite of his faith and his first-hand knowledge of the Lord, he is afraid. But we dare not feel superior. A fable depicts Satan displaying among his tools a wedge named “discouragement.” He leers, “I can pry open a man’s conscience with this when nothing else works.”

None of us is immune to suffering and discouragement. How do we deal with them? We go to Christ for assurance just as John did. There is no alternative. And as He did with John He will remind us of His miraculous power. He will tell us again that all we need to do is to trust Him.


Help me, O Lord, in the midst of my anguish, to “trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Amen.