I haven't given much taught to this, but as in another thread topic brings up the question of being deceived, I taught of John and was reading...Matthew 11:2-3
This passage does not say one word in the direction that John the Baptist doubted the identity of Christ, but some come to the conclusion that there was no mistaking the fact that John wanted to know for sure if Jesus was indeed the Expected One.1And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
But as I read and examine the scriptures many passages of the Bible make it clear that John the Baptist was a true believer, so the general context of the Bible teaches us that John the Baptist would never doubt the identity of Christ and would never make God a liar by refusing the testimony that He gave about His Son and which John himself declared:
John sent his disciples when he heard about the works that Jesus was doing. Now, as Jesus didn’t tell John something new as a proof concerning His identity but gave him an explanation about some facts concerning His Kingdom, so the doubt or confusion of John was not turning around the identity of Jesus. John heard about the works of Jesus, and the answer of Jesus was like “look at my works!”… Do you think this is an appropriate answer addressed to a believer like John concerning a doubt related to the identity of Christ? John already knew that Jesus is the Christ. In fact, he was the one who declared the beginning of His ministry to Israel.“And I knew him not; but he who sent me to baptise with water, he said to me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and abiding on him, he it is who baptises with [the] Holy Spirit. And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:33-34)
One of the key truths that help understand the question of John is the condition of his disciples. Before this event in which these disciples are commanded by John to go ask Jesus, anytime we meet the disciples of John we see them in disagreement and opposition with Jesus.
You see how the disciples of John in this passage put themselves in the same camp with the Pharisees and ask Jesus for an explanation concerning a “problem” in His disciples’ fasting… And we see how Jesus answers them: He clarifies to them that the New Covenant fasting is not like the Old Covenant fasting, and the real Bridegroom is Him, Jesus. This shows that the disciples of John were still insisting on following the Old Covenant way, when the Christ had already come. They wanted to put a patch of new cloth on an old garment.“Then come to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees often fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said to them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn so long as the bridegroom is with them? But days will come when the bridegroom will have been taken away from them, and then they will fast. But no one puts a patch of new cloth on an old garment, for its filling up takes from the garment and a worse rent takes place. Nor do men put new wine into old skins, otherwise the skins burst and the wine is poured out, and the skins will be destroyed; but they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved together.” (Matthew 9:14-17)
The disciples of John once also had a strong debate with the Jews concerning purification: was it their master’s, John’s baptism that purified, or was it the Christ’s baptism? Their misunderstanding about the baptism of John which was the baptism of repentance pointing to Christ whose blood alone can purify us. So the disciples of John missed the whole point, and concentrated on the sign of baptism rather than on the essence.
The answer is: John did not send his disciples to Jesus because of any doubt in himself concerning Jesus’ identity. That simple. The problem was with the disciples of John. Therefore, the passage of Luke makes it clear that Jesus didn’t simply answer the question of those disciples, but in that hour. He made some miracles before them! And this was the purpose of John from sending his disciples to Jesus: that they may see His works by themselves and hear His testimony. They now received the testimony practically, and when they returned to John, he certainly explained to them how what Jesus told them was the fulfillment of the prophecies that talked about Christ.“There was therefore a reasoning of the disciples of John with a Jew about purification. And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, he who was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, he baptises, and all come to him.” (John 3:25-26)
So the disciples had to finally understand that Jesus was the Messiah, the one who was to come, and they should cease to wait or look for another… And John reached his goal by sending his disciples to Jesus.“His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus.” (Matthew 14:12)
So whats your thoughts on this?