John the Baptist was in prison for speaking his mind about the king’s relationship with his sister in law. In the prison he heard about the works of Christ. He was unsure, suddenly; Was Jesus the Christ after all? He needed to know, so he sent two of his disciples to Jesus.
What did Jesus do? What did Jesus say to comfort John?
Matthew 11:4-6 – “Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
What’s the significance of this?
Jesus actually pointed John back to the Word:
Isaiah 35:3-6 NKJV:
“3 Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.”
Isaiah 61:1-2 NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,”
The Word keeps us on track
From this I see the power of the Word. Jesus Himself pointed John to the Word! When we are confused, the Word brings us back on track, and keeps us on track. When we want to help our friends, the Word is the best anchor for their souls.
A life in the Word is what keeps us emotionally stable and our thoughts sane.