Luke 7:20: When the men came to him, they said, John Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are you the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?
Many people are looking for someone else when the One has already come. John sent people to Jesus asking if he was the expected One (John 1, Mark 1:7); the most important human being for all time, who is also God. He said he wasn’t but was sent to point them to the Mighty One, Jesus. He is the One.
Jesus affirmed that he is the One, warning us to not be deceived; that many will rise up in the last days saying they are the One, claiming various levels of “enlightenment”, calling themselves the exalted/ascended masters. They are all messengers of devil, all deceived and deceiving the people. Paul said if anyone comes bringing another gospel, except the one that we already have, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of the One, let the person be accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). The Lord tolerates no competition.
After the resurrection of Jesus, being the ultimate confirmation that he is the One, and Thomas had not yet seen him, as far as he was concerned, Jesus was not the One. He doesn’t want to be taken on a wild ride off false hope. He said that until he sees him and he puts his hand in the hole of his hand and in his side, he would not believe, even after the others told him that he appeared to them as a group (John 20).
Remember that he had actually told them of his resurrection before time, but when all the stories of his post resurrection sightings were coming in after three days of being in the grave, Thomas was going to be on the side of unbelief. While the others were considering the possibility that Jesus has actually risen from the dead, he was ready to reject the possibility of hope and held on to his doubt. Jesus had a response for him. Though he indulged in his demands, Jesus however said that blessed are those who though did not see, but believe.
Remember that after Mary Magdalene got to the grave and found it empty, Peter and John ran there, and found only the clothes with which the body of Jesus was wrapped. And John believed. All these were not enough for Thomas to even hope.
Anyone who rejects hope rejects faith, and without faith it is not possible to please God. Jesus rebuked the unbelief of Thomas with his appearance. And Thomas fell down before him saying my Lord my God. He is the One.
The expected One
At the time of the birth of Jesus, there was heightened hope of the coming of the Messiah. This expectation was so thick that with the manifestation of the fiery ministry of John, as mentioned earlier, the Pharisees sent emissaries to ask if he was the Christ, to which he answered that he was not.
Simeon a devout man was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until the Christ is born and it happened (Luke 2:25-35). So he was being expected. The nation of Israel was under subjugation/oppression by the Roman Empire. And they were feeding themselves with hope from the pages of the Old Testament that there situation was only temporary, holding to the promise of the Messiah.
But nearing the time of his death, it was obvious that the eyes of the nation had been covered, as they rejected their messiah. Jesus wept for the coming destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44).
Now Jesus is being presented to the world as the messiah, for those who will not receive him, they would partake of the judgment of the world, just as the unbelievers partook of the judgment on Jerusalem (2Thessalonians 1:6-10).
The ultimate One
Jesus is the ultimate One. The ministry that Jesus has given us is to declare that he is the ultimate One, be his witness. Before his ascension, he told the people with him that they should go and be his witness to the uttermost part of the earth, and Peter announced that the One they crucified, though without sin, has been made both Lord and Christ by God (Acts 2:36).
His incarnation became the pivot of history. The Gregorian calendar, the most popular in the world, is a perpetual reminder that he is the ultimate One. Things are not relevant if they do not relate with him. Even his enemies seek relevance by attacking him. He says that I will be build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Because the church carries his image, it suffers various attacks.
The coming One
Not only is he the expected One and the ultimate One, he is also the coming One. Not only is he the pivot on which history revolves, he is going to put a stop to history as we know it, by his second coming. He told John the revelator: behold I am coming soon and my reward is with me to give every man according to his work. To which John responded saying, come Lord Jesus, the Spirit and the bride says come (Revelation 22:12, 17, 20).
The events at this time are leading up to that time. Paul wrote about a mystery saying, that we will not all fall asleep, but we shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye (1Corinthians 15:51-57), at the sound of the trump, we shall be caught up to met with Christ in the clouds.
John wrote that those who have this hope purify themselves as he is pure. Peter wrote that we should make all diligence to be found blameless at his coming (2Peter 3:13-14, 1John 2:28, 1Thessalonians 3:13). Another wrote that since we are aware that his coming is near, that should inform the pattern of our lives.
Jesus is the One, and there is no other. Peter wrote that even the prophets who prophesied in time past of the salvation in Christ and the glory that will be revealed in us (1Peter 1:7-17); things angels sought to look into.
As the One, He deserves worship, the reverence, and adoration. He is the king of Glory, so lift up your heads oh gates and be lifted up everlasting doors that the king of glory may come in (Psalm 24).
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- 1st Peter 1:1 An Apostle Of Jesus Christ (gdcgray.wordpress.com)
- You may not find Jesus in the church (theheartofi.wordpress.com)
- John 1:40-42 – Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. (church4u2.wordpress.com)
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