Are You the Real Deal

When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight 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 does not take offense at Me.” (Matthew 11:1-6 NASB)

Have you ever wondered if someone was the real deal? I have. The best way I’ve been able to tell if someone was the real deal or not was by weighing them against scripture. It’s the only way.I’ve seen some pretty jacked up preachers preaching some pretty whacked out messages. All I can do is sit there shaking my head. If you can’t share the gospel without twisting it to make your point, don’t. If how you’re living is not lining up with the word, don’t proclaim it. You’re jacking up the message.

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the real deal. He was doing things that seemed jacked up. But Jesus replied with scripture. Isaiah 35:4-6 says God will come and do these wonderful works of healing and restoring. Jesus told them to tell John what he was doing was fulfilling scripture.

I like how he wraps it up. Jesus says, “.. and blessed is he who takes no offense.” It’s like Jesus is saying, “Don’t be offended but were only getting started.I’m about to blow your mind and if you believe in me, then you’ll be blessed.”

Hey, don’t be offended that God is awesome and you’re not. Worship Him and be blessed!


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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