Matthew 11:1-6 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see. 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."
The gospels are filled with the stories of those who encountered Jesus. The one thing they all have in common is that their lives were changed; they were greatly impacted by their encounter with Jesus. Jesus was/ is the real deal. The proof was in the pudding, as they say. But not everyone responded in faith to Him. As is told in Peter's letter, some stumbled over the Cornerstone. I guess we all have a tendency to fashion our Messiah according to our own preconceived ideas of who He is and what He looks like. But weren't we in desperate need of something different? And isn't God holy--set apart, different, no one like Him, far surpassing in wisdom and might and love? Suppose we take our own filters away and see Him just as He is? We say with the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" We say with the blind man, "Lord, I want to see." We venture closer to see better, to but touch the hem of His garment and be made whole. We hear His Word and our ears are opened. He lifts us up and enables us to walk--into His Kingdom, into the new.