John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ. He was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He jumped in his mother’s womb when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited his mother. In later years on the banks of the river he declared Jesus to be the Lamb who would take away the sins of the world. He baptized Jesus in the Jordan River and was present when the Spirit descended like a dove and remained on Jesus. I am sure he heard the words of the Father from Heaven directed to Jesus, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22 NKJV).
John was thrown in prison and from there he hears more about Jesus. In prison perhaps he had doubts and sends for a clarification. The closed walls of prison works on someone’s mind and resolve. Is he the One? “And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples / and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another” (Matthew 11:3 NKJV)?
We live in a pluralistic world where being sincere is lauded as important as being right. One can be sincerely wrong. A desperate man may look for another savior when there is only One Savior. Or a desperate, lost soul may receive the revelation from God of the One and Only. Why look for another, when you know the One?
I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I have stopped looking for another. Why should I? In one of Jesus’ parables he describes a man who found the best, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44 NKJV).
If we go to a Baskin-Robbins ice cream restaurant, there will be 31 Flavor options. If we go to our refrigerator, there may be only one flavor available, giving us no options. So in my religious journey, I am out of options–there is only one way of salvation and it is in Jesus Christ. I have found a hidden treasure and I consider nothing else as valuable as Him. He is the revealed treasure. He is the One and Only Son of God.
Listen to the scripture in John 3:18 (NKJV), “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
If you have been searching stop and believe in the One. There are no other options of a Savior.
By the way, this is Jesus’ answer to John the Baptist’s question, “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” (Matthew 11:4-6 NKJV).
Yours on the Journey with Jesus,
Harry L. Whitt