Isaiah 35:1-6,10; Psalms 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
In a classic magazine cartoon, two men, arriving at the Pearly Gates are depicted standing before the judgment seat of God. One is holding a briefcase. The other man is speaking. The caption reads: “My name is Howard C. Freswell, and this is Arthur Templeton, my attorney.”-1
The crucial question before us when we arrive at the “Pearly Gates” is not, “Who is your lawyer?” or “Who is your accountant.” The crucial question — then and now — is “Who is your Savior?” And it’s the same question that is before some of the disciples of John the Baptist in today’s Gospel Lesson.
John the Baptist, the “precursor” who announced the coming of the Messiah, is in prison. He is well aware that execution at the hands of King Herod awaits him. He still has ardent disciples around him but now that his role is about to come to an end, it seems logical that he send these disciples to Jesus. And so they…