John is in prison, stronger than he thinks; the weak one, the reed blowing in the wind is Herod not the Baptist. When John was in the wilderness he didn’t have finery found in Palaces like Herod’s. But he adapted to the wilderness and survived.
Jesus continues …
“Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you” (Matthew 11 v 9-10)
Jesus is quoting the prophet Malachi whose name means ‘messenger’. Written before the reforms of Ezra and Nehemiah and after the rebuilding of the temple, it is placed at the end of the Old Testament so that it can flow into Matthew’s gospel; the connection being that of the fore-runner and the Messiah, John the Baptist and Jesus.
John cleared the road ahead of King Jesus to come. He removed the obstacles and filled in the potholes as Jesus headed to the Temple, just as Malachi prophesied (3:1).
Now here is my one thought today and I hope it blesses you.
You may doubt at times. You may be in a set of circumstances that mean you feel stuck, trapped and not where you thought you would be. Why doesn’t Jesus get me out of this prison? Jesus doesn’t chastise you for struggling with these doubts. What he does want you to hear is this: He believes in you; He has no doubts about you and your role that you are playing in the big story of God; you are meant to be; “John you were prophesied about” and you? Well, before you entered the world your life was ordained by God who saw you coming!
We are all messengers clearing the road for King Jesus to return. We all find ourselves at times doubting whether He is coming and why He doesn’t do what we want Him to do. But not for a second does He not know who we are and where we are. He believes in you! He is not seeing you the way at times you see you.
When this truth sinks deep into your understanding then it enables you to even go to your own death for Him.