2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
I was watching a basketball game on television the other day and see how hard these players work on their abilities in practice and in the game. Some of these players have momentum on their side and are doing well. Sometimes, their confidence levels drop and they miss more shots and fall into a slump. This is true of other sports as well. It takes a coach or a friend to encourage them and eventually, they will get out of their funk and perform better again.
John the Baptist was going through a similar funk. John burst out into the scene and was full of passion and fire from within as he preached. He introduced the Messiah and was full of conviction about Jesus. He was then arrested by Herod and after some time, his confidence and faith started to waiver. He heard about what Jesus was doing and still had to ask if Jesus is the one or if there should be somebody else. This is the man who introduced Jesus and now he is wondering if Jesus is the one. Jesus did his job by telling the disciples to report back to John that He indeed is the one and that the Kingdom of God continues on. Sometimes we can be that person to somebody else or we need it ourselves from somebody else to lift up our spirits.