John the Baptist sends his followers to ask Jesus about his claim to be God’s anointed Messiah. Does it appear that John had doubts about Jesus, especially after announcing Jesus’ mission at the River Jordan when he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)? Pastor Scott L. Harris writes that “While doubt can show a lack of faith, which in particular situations could even be sinful, for the most part, doubt is simply the expression of uncertainty.” With all of the miracles that Jesus was performing, why did people still hesitate? Why was there uncertainty? Maybe John sent his followers to Jesus because he wanted them to hear and see firsthand for themselves the signs and proof that the Savior had indeed come in the person of his cousin, Jesus Christ.
So is your faith based upon certainty and proof, or is it based upon something more?
—John and Katie Nicolau are active members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glenview IL, where they have lived for over 23 years. They have been married for 32 years and have 4 children, three of whom graduated from Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL, John’s alma mater. John also serves on the board of Charis, a Jesuit ministry for young adults.