“Are you who I think you are?” Thoughts on Matthew 11:3‭-‬6

“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 not offended because of Me.” Matthew 11:3‭-‬6 NKJV 

John was in prison when he asked his disciples to check with Jesus just to make sure he was who John thought he was, the Messiah: the one who was to come John had been preaching about in the wilderness.

It was an honest question and he wanted an honest answer. 

“Are you who you say you are?”

One year ago, I listened to a podcast from some Youtubers I had been following for quite some time about there faith deconstruction. They have been well known among Christian circles and had even been missionaries for a well-known college campus ministry. At the time, when I had first listened, I thought to myself, “they just deconstructed their North Carolinian version of fundamental Churchianity.”

The fact remains until this day that I could not completely shake their words.

Honest words.

Before I read this passage today, I had a similar conversation with God as John did while he was in prison facing certain death.

In full transparency, I asked God the same question.

“Are you who I hope you are?”

This passage came to mind and I have accepted his reassurance. If you’re wondering the same thing, know that he is faithful and true. He doesn’t bend bruised reeds or quench a flickering wick. 

He loves you and wants to answer your honest questions without patronizing. Just be willing to wait. That’s all he wants. He may not require it. He just wants to know you’re willing.

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