When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. 2 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples 3 to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on: 5 The blind see, The lame walk, Lepers are cleansed, The deaf hear, The dead are raised, The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side. 6 “Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”
All of Chapter 10 from vs. 5 on was a body of instructions to his disciples. Can we see those as instructions to us? Yes, since he later told them to go out and make disciples – they were to carry on His work to all the world, not just Israel. That comes at the end of the story. After the cross we all were brought into the kingdom — Abraham’s seed had blessed all nations. So we need to heed those instructions, they tell us who we are, what our assignment is. When we receive the assignment we then are to carry on the work and make disciples of all nations. It is good to remember the disciples spent three years receiving the Word, watching the healing, raising of the dead, driving out demons and cleansing the leper. Then, during that time they were given a practicum session putting what they heard and saw into practice. They heard, then did; they became doers of the Word.
During the time with Christ and following His crucifixion, the disciples wrestled with disfavor and favor, they were tested through Christ’s trial and death, their faith was tried by fire; did they really believe what they believed was really real? They had to deal with grief, doubt, distrust, and returned to their old lives. We see the same among us today. But when He was revealed to them, salvation occurred; then Christ left and the Holy Spirit was given. Now the complete, final transformation took place. Peter, no longer a fisherman, no longer doubting, no longer afraid, no longer denying his stand, became a preacher/teacher with a message, became the emissary of Christ, one who stood in His place and continued His work. He suffered for it, but received a reward as well. What have we learned? We know who we are; We are who God says we are. What can we do? We can do all things through Christ.
Continuing in Chapter 11 we see John the Baptist sending his disciples to Jesus with a question. He hears what is happening and confirms Jesus’ ministry and position with the question:”Are you the one who is to come or should we expect another?”
Jesus replies: “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. Another translation puts it more clearly; ‘God blesses those who are not offended by me.
We know who we are; we are who God says we are. Can the same be said of us should the question be asked, are you the one? Are we the one with the message that delivers and brings life and love? Can the same be said: Go and report what you see and hear… What would be said? What is heard of us, what is seen of us?