He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?"
The men showed up before Jesus and said, "John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, 'Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?'"
In the next two or three hours Jesus healed many from diseases, distress, and evil spirits. To many of the blind he gave the gift of sight.
Then he gave his answer: "Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard: The blind see, The lame walk, Lepers are cleansed, The deaf hear, The dead are raised, The wretched of the earth have God's salvation hospitality extended to them.
"Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate!"
After John's messengers left to make their report, Jesus said more about John to the crowd of people. "What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper?
Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot.
What then? A messenger from God? That's right, a messenger! Probably the greatest messenger you'll ever hear.
He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote, I'm sending my messenger on ahead To make the road smooth for you.
"Let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him.
The ordinary and disreputable people who heard John, by being baptized by him into the kingdom, are the clearest evidence;
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)