18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’” — Luke 7:18-20 NIV
John the Baptist is the one who had announced that Jesus was the Son of God and had baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. He saw the dove come down and heard the voice from on high saying “this is my Son in whom I am well pleased”. Yet, sometime later, when John was in prison, he began to wonder about this man, Jesus. “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” When things are out of whack and it seems like God isn’t in control, I read these verses and I am encouraged. After the questions, Jesus had this to say about John and us:
28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” — Luke 7:28 NIV
And there was Thomas who is remembered for doubting. He was not rebuked by the Lord but was allowed to touch Him and confirm that Jesus was Jesus. I have never been quite sure why Thomas was pointed out since all of the group had expressed doubt by their actions or lack thereof. And what did Jesus have to say to Thomas?
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” — John 20:29 NIV
Those that had been with Jesus had doubts and Jesus reassured them with tenderness and love. We have Jesus in the form of the Holy Spirit. He reassures us with that same tenderness and love. Ask, if you must, but believe that it is true. Jesus quoted the Old Testament which should remove any dobut about its authenticity. If He accepts it as truth, we can be confident in doing the same thing.
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. — John 14:11 NIV