Look to Jesus!


Luke 7:19-23….calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers [1] are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

Coty Pinckney comments:

John seems to be confused But he does the right thing: he sends to Jesus, asking, “I said you are the one who is to come. Are you?”

Jesus response is found in verses 22 and 23:

And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

Jesus says, “Remember Isaiah 61, John. Remember Isaiah 35. I am displaying my authority. I am showing Who I am. I know I am not acting exactly the way you thought I would. I know it’s confusing for you to be in prison. But trust me! Have faith!”

John is to look to Jesus as the object of His faith. He is not to try to get Jesus to fit into His preconceived idea of what the Messiah should do. Instead, he is to look at the evidence, look at the Scriptures that are fulfilled, and then believe in Who He is. He is to trust Him.

Verse 23 is key: “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me” or “who does not stumble over me.” We must look to Jesus! He is God! We are not His judge. He is ours. If He is confusing – we should expect that. If we can’t understand Him – that’s what God is like.