Jesus was quite clearly a prophet and his reputation was as a great man of God who could heal the sick of all their ailments. Jesus healed everyone who came to him with an illness. He preached with a profound wisdom and with astonishing authority. He even raised the dead. And yet people still wanted verbal confirmation from him that he was the Messiah, as prophesied in the scriptures. There had never been a man like him before and there has never been one since.
Jesus’s answer to John’s disciples was wonderfully simple and to the point. He says: “- the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.”(Mark 7:22) it’s as if he is saying, “Hey John, you know the scriptures. Your disciples have seen this stuff, you decide for yourself. Oh, and one more thing, “God blesses those who do not turn away from me” (or, who are not offended by me) (Luke 7:23). In other words, Jesus is challenging John to look at the evidence available and perhaps change his preconceptions of what he thinks the Messiah should be.
Luke 7:18-23 NLT
The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’” At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me. ’”
The goal today is to weigh up the evidence as recorded in the gospels. Looking at Jesus’s miracles and teachings, can I decide for myself whether Jesus is the Messiah I’ve been expecting, or should I be looking somewhere else?
Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25, Luke 7:11-35, Psalms 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-31