20 March 2010

Jesus Points to Healing as Evidence

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ ” Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”  Luke 7:18-23

Isn't it strange that the one who proclaimed "Look!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the worldsends messengers to ask Jesus if he is indeed the one they have been waiting for?  Is he indeed the Lord that John was to prepare the way for?

John was imprisoned by the king for condemning the murder of the king's brother so that the king could marry his brother's wife.  It was probably a very discouraging time for John.  His ministry was drawing to a close.  He told people of the coming Lord and Messiah.  He called people to repentance in order for them to be prepared for the new era the Messiah would bring.  He baptised many.  At the end of the day, was it worth it?  Sitting in the earthly king's prison because he worked for the King of kings, he had to wonder if anything had really changed.

So, John sent the disciples who had been caring for him (no prison meals or other provisions) to find the answers to his end of ministry question, "Are you the one?"

Jesus' response?  He turns to the crowd and cures diseases and plagues, drives out evil spirits and gives sight to the blind.  He then gives the message to John, in essence, yes John the world is changing.  Well done, good and faithful servant.

It's also odd to me that he also tells John "And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."  Why did Jesus say that to John?  Not sure.  We may see more of an answer when the messengers leave and Jesus talks to the crowd about John the Baptist.  

But, one thing is certain.  Jesus is the Lord that John was preparing the way for.  Jesus' way is THE way.  We may question Jesus and we may be humbled as Jesus challenges our worldly way of thinking.  But, to acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to not be offended by Jesus.  It's to humbly accept his Lordship as his grace shapes the life I am to lead.

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