I'm reading Matthew chapter 11. A familiar fire in my soul flickers, comes to life. The words burn in me.
Here we see John the Baptist in prison. Herod Antipas imprisoned John in his Perean fortress Machaerus. (See Matthew 14:3.)
John, in prison, has been hearing about all the things Jesus was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
John's disciples come to Jesus. "John wants to know, are you the promised Messiah?"
Jesus answers with a laundry list of what he has been up to. This list includes,
- blind people see
- lame people walk
- lepers are healed
- deaf people hear
- dead people are raised to life
- the Good News is preached to the poor