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For my part,…
I explained Christ’s response to John the Baptist’s question, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” People assume that John wanted to know if Christ was the Messiah or not.
It is more complicated than that. Are you “he who is to come” refers more to Almighty God than to the Messiah.
Christ tells John’s disciples to return and tell John what they have seen and heard, all of which things prophesied by Old Testament prophets not about the Messiah, except for one of them, but rather about the LORD, that is, God. Isaiah says that when God comes, the blind will see and the lame will walk and the deaf will hear and the dead shall be raised. By saying that lepers are healed he references what Elisha said in 2 Kings to Naaman the Leper who asked for healing: “Am I God?” If lepers are being healed, then the one healing is God. That “the good news preached to the poor” is, in fact, reference to the Messiah. So Christ answered John indirectly by reminding him of Scripture about the coming of God while He also acknowledges that He is the Messiah.
That also explains two other things in the passage, one, and enigmatic part of Christ’s answer and, also, what Christ says about John.
After Christ gives the list of what is going on, he added: “And blessed is he who takes no offense at me.” Hence, Christ is underscoring that He was talking about Himself as DIVINE, not just as the Messianic Davidic King. People later would in fact take offense at Christ’s divine claims and He would be put to death.
Moreover, Christ says that John is MORE than a prophet and then He quotes the prophet Malachi, who said that there would be a forerunner, a “messenger” to prepare the way of God’s – not the Messiah’s – coming. That makes John greater than all the other prophets and, in fact, the greatest man ever born of woman. It also points to Christ as more than just the Messiah.
This was for a sung Mass at the parish at University of Wisconsin at Platteville, for the pastor who was struck by the Wuhan Devil. I filled in.