In Matthew 11, John the Baptist is in prison and is questioning whether Jesus was the Messiah or if there is another one who should be looked to, (vs. 1-3). Jesus then affirms that, yes, He is the Messiah, by talking about the miracles and works that He is doing. These attribute to Jesus being the chosen one, (vs.5). John the Baptist seems content, his questions and concerns are answered.
In Luke 16:19-31 we have the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man is pleading that some sign, or perhaps even someone who has come back to life would talk to his family members so that they might repent and believe. In this situation Jesus says that, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
One would think that actually talking to someone who has been raised from the dead would convince them that there was a God and that there is a heaven and a hell. But Jesus said that this would not be the case. John the Baptist was comforted just by hearing about what God was doing in others, even though he personally was not delivered from prison nor did he escape being beheaded. What made the difference between whether the miracle or resurrection positively affected the person? It was the individual themselves.
What type of person are you? What type of confirmation would you need from God? If God sent some form of affirmation about Himself, would you receive it if it wasn’t the type of affirmation that you were wanting?
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