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.” (Matthew 11:2–6, NIV 1984).
My Musings – John can be excused. Secluded in prison, he was unable to see what Jesus had been doing. He needed confirmation of what He had heard. Jesus was quite confident that once John heard the reports about Him from his own disciples, He would conclude that Jesus was indeed “the one who was to come.” As such, there would be no reason for John to “expect someone else.“
But for many others, Jesus was not what they expected. Their jubilant expectations dashed following Jesus’ failure to “seize the moment” following His triumphal entry into Jerusalem resulted in the crowd falling “away on account of [Him].” Ironically, that led to His crucifixion and the most amazing thing to “hear and see.” His resurrection from the dead. What more could we expect from someone else?
My Advice – The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus was the “one who was to come.” Despite this most still “fall away on account of [Him].” Examine the evidence for yourself. There is no reason you “should expect someone else.” For indeed, there is no one else. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NIV 1984). It’s the cross or loss. It’s the resurrection or shattered expectations.