“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?’
“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 offended because of Me.’”
– Matthew 11:2-6
As we celebrate the third week in Advent, we are in a waiting mode. We wait for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As he promised, he will return for his church, the saints.
Waiting often causes us to become restless. We don’t like waiting for anything. Some people while they wait – whether at the doctor, the bank, to pay our bills, or while traveling – tend to make a fool of themselves.
What do you do when you have to wait? I always take a good book with me wherever I go, and while I wait, I read.
Some years ago, I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona. My flight got into Phoenix at 12 midnight. Some friends who were to pick me up, never showed up until eight the next morning. I did not sit around worrying or complaining; I took out my book and read until my friends came to get me.
In the above text, John the Baptist was sitting in prison waiting. He was waiting to hear good news about God’s long-awaited Messiah. Consequently, when he heard about the things that Jesus was doing, he sent his disciples to find out if Jesus was the messiah.
When Jesus was confronted by John’s disciples, he did not respond with a simple yes or no. He told John’s disciples to return to John and tell him what they had seen.
His message to John was, “The good news is being preached to the people. Those who had leprosy are cured. The dead are being brought back from the grave.”
John was familiar with the prophesy of old, consequently, when he received the comforting words from Jesus, he knew that his work on earth was finished. He had been faithful to his mission and knew that Jesus was the promised Messiah and that his work and his waiting was over.
What do we do while we wait? Jesus tells us, as he told John’s disciples, that we must tell the story of the Messiah who came into the world to redeem mankind and that we are to retell it again and again. That is what we are called to do, not only at Advent, but throughout the year.
Advent is the time when we prepare in anticipation. We prepare for the second coming of our Lord. We remember his first coming into this world and we prepare for his second coming to take his church to be with him.
While we wait, we do not complain, we do not make a nuisance of ourselves. We use our time well and tell the people with whom we come into contact about the good news of Jesus Christ. Even though I say that I pass my time reading, it is good to find time to share the gospel with the people around us.
There are many people in our daily path who do not know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are desperate to hear the good news and learn about a better way to life. Through sharing, we prepare them for his second coming. That is our calling. We know of the miracles; we know of the compassion. We know of the love. We know of his life, his death and his resurrection.
Therefore, let us go and tell this story, the greatest story of all times. Let us tell it and retell it so that generations unborn will know that the Messiah came to earth and died for our sins. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.