Luke 7:18–23 (ESV)
Messengers from John the Baptist (Part 1)
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him,
they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ ” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he
bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed
is the one who is not offended by me.”
Many people were wondering who is Jesus. Was he the Messiah, a prophet, a teacher, or a false teacher. Today’s reading, John the Baptist sends
two of his disciples with a similar question. The question was ““Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” This is a valid question, but what they need to do is to see the answer with their own eyes.
They don’t need to hear the answer, but to see it. Remember that action is far better than lip service. When Jesus is questioned, here is his response: “21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits,
and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news
preached to them.” There is more to what just happened than meets the eye. Jesus answers by fulfilling Old Testament prophecy.
Isaiah 26:19 (ESV)
19 Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
Isaiah 29:18 (ESV)
18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then
shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor; he has
sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the
Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
Jesus is answering the question by fulfilling prophecy right before their eyes. John could be asking a serious question
to Jesus or he could be sending these two disciples with the question as a teaching moment to teach them that Jesus really is the Messiah.
I pray: O Lord, your miracles attest to who you are and that
your authority is from God. Help me to never doubt who you are and help me to walk according to your ways. Forgive me for my doubt and renew me through your forgiveness. Amen.