It is easy to understand why many people thought that the Baptist might be the Messiah. John’s appearance ushered in a time when the power of repentance was felt very powerfully by the common people. His radical message made people wonder whether he could be the one chosen by God to set his people free. John, however, had no misconceptions about his mission. His goal was to direct his followers to Jesus.
At that time,
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
When the men came to the Lord, they said,
“John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask,
‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits;
he also granted sight to many who were blind.
And Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
This passage teaches us an important lesson. Jesus is the one, the redeemer. There is no other. Focus on Jesus and you will be set free.
Maranatha! Come, O Lord!