Miracles, lots of them had taken place when Jesus was close. There were people healed of diseases, plagues were stopped, evil spirits were cast out, and blind eyes were opened. Lives were changed wherever Jesus went.
John the Baptist had leaped in his mother Elizabeth’s womb when he had first encountered Jesus. He later baptized this One who had come to him and the words had flowed from his lips as Jesus walked toward him, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” As He baptized Jesus he heard the voice from heaven declaring “You are my beloved Son…”
Miracles, Lamb of God, voice from heaven…John knew all of this and yet he had to be absolutely sure. “Are you the One…?” John wondered from the prison that Herod had cast him into for speaking truth. He sent his messengers to ask Jesus.
“John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ 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.’” Luke 7:18-23
Are you? Can you? Will you? Do you? It is okay to ask Jesus questions. Because we only see from our perspective, sometimes it is so hard to understand what is going on. God sees from outside time and space. He sees the whole picture, not just one small piece. He sees the beginning and He sees the end. We can trust Him, but it’s okay to ask.
John wanted to know and Jesus told them to go back and tell him what they had seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who does not stumble.
Jesus was telling John to trust.
Jesus is telling us to trust.