Luke 7:18-23 ‘And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? or should we look for another?
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto you, saying, Are you he that should come? or should we look for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me’
John had spent weeks even months in a dark dungeon with little company except rats so it is easy to see how he could have begun to question himself and indeed the messiah he baptised in the river Jordan proclaiming Him as the Lamb of God
When we take our eyes of Christ fear and doubt eat away at childlike faith and rob us of the truth that set us free. Without his presence we see walls instead of open doors, we see problems instead of answers and hopelessness instead of hope
God can only keep us in perfect peace as we keep our minds firmly fixed on him
What do you see when you look at Christ? Do you see a crucified saviour or an empty cross, a vacated tomb and a risen saviour who has given you victory over death and hell?
Do you see your sin or do you see a Saviour?
Do you see the sin that so easily overcomes you or do you see Jesus who became sin with your sin so that you would be the righteousness of God in him? Have you not heard that he is faithful and just to forgive you all your sins and to cleanse you of every sin as you repent and turn from them?
Do you see sickness and disease destroying your body, robbing you of strength or do you see Jesus who took your infirmities and carried your sicknesses and by whose stripes you are already healed?
Do you see yourself struggling with debt, drowning in poverty, hear a bank managers abusive remarks or do you see Jesus who became poor with your poverty that you would become rich with his riches?
Do you see an empty purse or a cruse of oil that will never run out? 1st Kings 17:14-16
Do you see yourself living a pauper’s life or do you see the Lord who has promised to provide all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus? Philippians 4:19
Do you see the devil when temptation overtakes you or do you see your saviour Jesus who always makes a way of escape when you ask him so that you may be able to bear it?
Do you see fear and defeat robbing you when unbelief sets in or do you see Jesus who always causes you to triumph? Have you not heard that God did not give you a spirit of fear but of love and power and of a sound mind?
Do you see no way out of captivity and misery or do you see Jesus who releases the captives and who is your joy and your strength?
Do you see your many afflictions, or do you see Jesus who delivers you out of them all?
Do you see death when you have lost someone you love or do you see Jesus the resurrection and the life
Do you dwell on the loss of a loved one or on the gain that Christ purchased for them for in Him ‘death has no sting and the grave no victory’ for from the moment we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord? In Christ they are risen indeed
Do you spend your days in sorrow or do you see that while weeping lasts for a night joy comes in the morning?
Do you look at the darkness which can so easily overtake you, or do you turn your eyes toward heaven and see his glorious light; his life, his hope, his peace which will cause you to laugh in the face of adversity.
In Christ there is endless joy, hope that springs eternal, health that springs forth speedily and victory that is yours always…
Open your eyes and fix them on the Crucified saviour now risen for your sake
Dark days vanish when Christ comes, all things change when Jesus comes to stay