Jesus replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." Luke 7:22-23 (NIV)
How did Jesus answer John?
He didn't answer with a direct "yes"or "no". He used scripture as proof of who He is.
Now as I ponder scriptures that in 1987 didn't seem to address the situation I see them shining with a truth that is relevant as I look back on them now in light of the present. (I hope this makes some sense to you... it is a study and testimony that is best done verbally)
Getting back to John, take a closer look at this bible commentary as it is cross referenced with 2 scriptures from Isaiah with Luke 7:22-23. Jesus omitted the following from His response to John:
Isaiah 61:1 To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
I can only make a conjecture about the why. But I wonder, was it because John WAS in prison and there was to be no physical liberty or freedom for John?
He could have set John free. He could have sent angels to shake the gates and chains would have fallen off.
But He didn't.
Do we doubt because He does not always answer immediately?
Do we doubt because His answer may not be the deliverance that we pray and hope for?
For a season we may, because we are human and we hurt. But if not careful, Satan will come in to bludgeon, steal and destroy the hope within you.
In John's prison and darkness of doubt He sent a promise that sustained his faith.
- Sometimes we will be delivered from the circumstance.
- Sometimes we will be delivered by walking through the circumstance as God develops character, faith, beauty from ashes in these situations.