John's question

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When John the Baptist was imprisoned, he sent disciples to ask the Lord if he was the Messiah. The following discourse is Christ's response to John's question. It is taken from from Matthew 11:2-30.

John questions Jesus

When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"

Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."


This passage reveals that John's faith may have waivered while he was imprisoned. Like other Jews, John may have expected Jesus to be a conquering messiah who would overthrow Rome.

John may have expected to be released from prison. He was familiar with Isaiah, who prophesied that the Lord was sent to "...proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners."

Christ assured John's disciples that he was the expected one, by referring to the healing miracles prophesied by Isaiah.

Futher study

  • Matthew 11:2-30
  • Luke 7:18-35
  • Isaiah 61:1
  • Malachi 3:1
  • Isaiah 29:18 and 35:5-6
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