555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

506. Did the Baptist Doubt Jesus' Messiahship?

John's message, asking through his disciples whom he sent to Jesus, "Art thou he that should come, or look we for another?" (Matt. 11:3), was the result of impatience, almost of desperation. It must have seemed hard to him that his Master should let him lie so long in prison, after having been honored to announce and introduce him at the beginning of his mission. He tried to get Jesus to speak out his mind, or at least to set his own mind at rest. The conclusion of the incident, however, shows that his transient doubts were set at rest by the message he received.