JESUS IS THE PROMISSED MESSIAH
2Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him,
“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
4And Jesus answered them,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
5The blind receive their sight and the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear,
and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
6And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
After being imprisoned, John the Baptist became unaware of what Jesus was doing in his public life; and became doubtful, regarding whether He was truly the Messiah or another precursor of the Messiah higher than himself; so, he sent some of his disciples to ask JESUS straight, whether He was truly the Messiah or if they still had to wait for someone else.
To ask a question to the man he doubted to be the true Messiah, indicates faith regardless. Faith in the testimony he himself received that He was the Son of God (John 1:29-34). So, John trusted his answer.
And Lord JESUS confirmed his faith, by mentioning to John the four signs of his ministry:
MIRACLES, undoubted display of power and mercy by fixing impossible disabilities (v.4-5).
RESURRECTION, displaying the power of giving life, unique only to God, and the only miracle Satan cannot reproduce (v.5).
THE MESSAGE PREACHED TO EVERYONE, without discrimination of race, gender or social status, free of charge, as a call to all humanity to come back to their Creator (v.5).
SALVATION THROUGH HIS NAME, by declaring that ‘Blessed is the one who is not ashamed of me’, Jesus indicated the importance of accepting Him for what He claimed to be. The blessing, Jesus was referring to, was the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life through faith in his Name.
This was a public demonstration of a full ministry, in the power of God, and his mercy, opened to everyone, which confirmed his Messianic claim.
These elements also are required from all ministries today, and not less. Because the Gospel has to be followed by signs, and delivered for free to all humanity.