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Summary: Taking a close look at the times when Christians experience spiritual doubts...even doubting Jesus.

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“Are You the One?”

John 1:29-34 & Matthew 11:2-11a

JN 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." 32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

MT 11:2 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" 4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 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. 6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." 7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written: " `I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist

INTRODUCTION

• John was able to make an incredible testimony of the things He had seen, heard and experienced with Jesus Christ. {John 1:29-34}

• Then…he found himself saying, “Are you the One..?” {Matthew 11:2,3}

• What in the world happened? How does this happen to us?

 We proclaim that Jesus is the healer & the test results come back

 We tell people that “Jesus saves” & our family member still doesn’t know God

 We can think back to when He has provided for other people & we find no money in the check book for us

 We tell friends that God answers prayer & the delay in your answer is more than you feel you can take

 You serve Him with all of your might & find yourself in a very difficult circumstance

Times like these cause us to say, “Jesus are you the…”

HEALER?”

PROVIDER?”

SAVIOR?”

MIRACLE WORKER?”

Etc.

• Tonight, let’s look at the life of a man who, at the time, was closer to Jesus than probably anyone else in the world.

• Let’s look at the doubts of John the Baptist and see what truths we can find:

I. REVEALING {John 1:29-34}

• John’s past experience was still “legit.” It did not lose it’s significance whatsoever

Touched/Strengthened by the Holy Spirit

Answered Prayers


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