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Ike Butterworth: Who is Jesus to you?

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Even John the Baptist had his moments of doubt as he languished in jail awaiting his execution after he had proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. Was Jesus really the Messiah? he wondered as he sat in his lonely jail.

When he was baptizing people he was positive who Jesus was, calling him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, according to Dr. Isaac Butterworth, referring to John 1:29.

But even a great follower like John the Baptist may have begun to have his doubts as he began to suspect he would be executed. He wanted some reassurance so he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus.

"Are you the one......or are we to wait for another?"

This might be a lesson for us all if doubts begin to creep in about our beliefs. There is no disgrace in asking questions. Jesus was not offended when he was approached by John the Baptist's disciples.

Jesus answered the questions with the purpose of reassuring his great follower, sending the following message back to John the Baptist through the disciples, saying, "Go and tell John what you see and hear and see; the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."

As the disciples left Jesus provided further reassurance saying, "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist, yet the least in kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

So what should people do today when they have doubts?

The senior pastor further said, "Do not hesitate another moment. Get alone with God and plead with Him to fill you with a desire for Him above everything else. Plead with him violently if you know what I mean. If you don't yet want this rule with all your heart, pray until you do. Ask until the desire is given. Take heaven by force if you must, but take it."

Butterworth further said, "God calls you. It's all over the Scripture. He calls us. And then what? And then this; the Holy Spirit opens our ears to hear the call. And with ears to hear, Jesus tells us in verse 15, 'Let anyone with ears to hear, listen."'

And when you listen He becomes your one and only. (John 1:18).

Butterworth, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls, Tex., said, "According to Paul, Jesus has become for us wisdom from God (l Cor.1:30).

The logical conclusion seems to be from the story of John the Baptist that when people feel lost in their lives the solution is to ask God what to do.

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