John the Baptist, who was in prison, sent some of his followers to Jesus with a question:
When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come or should we expect someone else?'”
At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
In a word: Messiah.
Jesus’ words harkened back to his mission statement discussed previously here:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
That’s precisely what Jesus did, fulfilling messianic prophecies from the Old Testament in word and deed. (See Isaiah 35:5-6, 26:19, 29:18-19 and 61:1.)
What exactly should we do?
Want to be blessed? Re-read Jesus’ last sentence in today’s selection.
Don’t stumble through life on your own. Walk with Jesus and spread the really very extremely good news.