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December 12, 2014

John 1:29 ; Luke 7:18-22
Hope Confirmed – John the Baptist

One of the most vivid examples of hope may have been John the Baptist’s statement when Jesus came to him to be baptized and John said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John was saying in effect, “This is the messiah God promised to all of us and because of what’s going to happen to Him, our sins will be forgiven.” That was a pretty confident and clear statement regarding who Jesus is and His purpose for coming to us. A short time later, however, after being arrested by Herod, John sent a message to Jesus asking, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”

At first glance it may appear that John was beginning to doubt what he’d previously proclaimed; that Jesus is the promised messiah. But I think what John was asking for was confirmation that God’s plans for Jesus were still on track. He may have been expecting events surrounding Jesus to unfold in a different fashion or perhaps at a different pace for example and simply wanted reassurance that God was still moving forward with His plan to redeem the world through Jesus. Jesus didn’t rebuke John for expressing his concerns but instead told John to remember all the miracles He had performed. These alone provided adequate proof that the claim by Jesus that He is the Son of God was trustworthy and that John need not fear that God’s plans were somehow getting sidetracked.

I sometimes have the same concerns that John had when he was in jail and it looked like events were not moving forward the way they were supposed to. Sometimes it seems like God is moving too slowly or that things are not working out according to His plans. What I need to remember in times like this is what Jesus has already done. Confirmation that God’s plans are working out today as designed often comes by remembering what God has done in the past and that so far, He has a pretty good track record (actually, a perfect one). My hope, my confident trust in what God says is to come, is confirmed and reinforced by the evidence of what God has already done and His faithfulness in the past.

What are some things God has done in your past that shows that He is worthy of your trust?

How does this help confirm or reinforce your hope in Him today?

The topic of this week’s devotionals, contributed by Dick Lentz the from Neon flock at Calvary, is Hope. Dick has a blog at and can be reached at .