There is fake news.

There are fake copies of clothing, perfumes.

Fake bank notes.

Fake predictions about the future.

Knowing how to decide of something is real, if something is genuine is vital.

Do you know though that doubts about Jesus happened in His day, from people who knew Him well.

We are going to look at one of those accounts in this article and see what we can learn from it:

Matthew 11:2-6

2 John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 6 And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.

John the Baptist had baptised Jesus at the start of Jesus’ ministry. But whilst in prison he seems to begin to have doubts.

How did Jesus respond, he told the people John had sent to go back and tell John what they had heard and seen.

You see, when it comes to assessing if something is real or fake, personal experience, personal witnessing is second to none for establishing authenticity.

God changes people when they meet Him.

Is God real, did Jesus come to save us, YES!

There are lots of people who can tell you what Jesus, what God has done for them, changed them.

Knowing Jesus changes you.

Knowing Jesus has the power to change family situations.

Knowing Jesus can set you free.

Free from doubt, fear, addiction, greed, loneliness, comparison, lust, materialism.

For those of us that would call ourselves followers of Jesus my question to you is:

What do people see when they look at you.

Are you representing Jesus well?

If someone wanted to check out this being a Christian thing what would their report be about you?

Would they say you were different?

So let me finish with this:

If you are here and wouldn’t have considered yourself a follower of Jesus, are you experiencing a feeling of some sort, a feeling that there is something to this Christian journey, perhaps you have been invited along by someone and you can see in them a change since they have been coming to church. Now you may not need the same change but change, freedom release is available to all.

How do you start this change:

By accepting that we have gone our own way, that we have done things that have damaged our relationship with God (sin).

That we deserve punishment for our sins.

That God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us, to take the punishment for our sin.

That we need a saviour, that saviour is Jesus.

We need to accept Him as Lord and Saviour.