Shall We Look for Another?

Reading: Luke 7:1-23


While John the Immerser was in prison, his disciples came to him and reported on Jesus’s ministry: he healed a centurion’s servant without even being present (1-10), he raised a widow’s dead son (11-17), and so much more. At this report, John sends two disciples to question the Lord about his identity (18-20). As the one who prepared the way of the Messiah, John already knew Jesus was the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Therefore, we can infer that it was these disciples who needed to be convinced of the answer.


“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard,” Jesus told them. Their own eyewitness (along with others’ reports) of Jesus’s miracles and teachings all lined up with Isaiah’s prophecies (35:5-6, 26:19, 29:18-19, and 61:1). He concluded by telling them, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me” (v. 23).


All of us eventually ask the question of Jesus that these two men did: “Are you the Messiah, or shall we look for another?” Is Jesus really the answer, or should I build my life on some other hope and purpose? Many take offense at the Lord’s teachings and the walk of a disciple of Christ; and so, they look for another way to live. But the Son of God offers ample evidence for you to see and hear the good news of God’s love and salvation. And when we humbly submit to that truth, Jesus assures us that we are blessed.