I have been spending time thinking about the close and special relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. There is a lot that can be written about their connected lives.
Let me begin at the end…Matthew chapter 11 opens with John the Baptist in prison aware that his days may be numbered. He is there because of his commitment to truth and his approach to applying that truth to the lives of powerful people. John has plenty of time to think and must have been in a contemplative state of mind as he considered his life to that point. As anyone would he had questions and concerns that needed answers. He needed to know if he had spent his life doing the right things. He needed validation so he sends some of his followers to Jesus to ask if all they had talked about and believed have meaning...I need to know...“Are you the one…?”
The message Jesus sends back to John has special meaning to the two of them and validates both of their lives:
“Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
Jesus lets John know that he can be assured of the fact that he did spend his life on the right things and what they had talked about accomplishing with their lives was coming true. That must have been a comfort to John as his life came to an end.
What would you list as things that validate your life? Make a list of what you spend your time, talents and resources doing. Are you going to feel good about that list as your life comes to an end? Now make a list of what you would like to accomplish and pray about how you can align your life to accomplish them.