John, who prepared the way for the one who is the Way - wonders if he got it right. Was his life-work meaningful, crying out there in the wilderness? "Are you the one?"
Jesus' response has always made me smile. Of course he doesn't answer such a question with a simple "yes" or "no!" That's not his style! Instead, he tells the disciples to bear witness to what they see and hear with their own eyes and ears.
- The blind see.
- The lame walk.
- The lepers are cleansed.
- The deaf hear.
- The dead are raised.
- The poor have good news brought to them.
Oh, and one more thing: Blessed is anyone who isn't offended by all of this. Say what?
These words aren't frozen in time, but living words for each generation. How do we know that Jesus is the one? Not by words but by what we see and hear. These things continue to happen, both literally and metaphorically, in the name of Jesus. And where they do, we see Emmanuel, God-with-us.