When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you. Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
I used to ask my Dad a lot of “silly” questions. Like most Kids, I wanted to see what my Dad was up to and he, like many Dads, thought to himself, “Isn’t it obvious?” He had all kinds of “standard replies” to my questions; including “What are you writing a book?”, “What do you think money grows on trees?”, and “What do I look like a dictionary?” I have to admit, I’ve used a few of these with my Kids, too (‘like Father, like Son’). In the Gospel, John the Baptist is locked in his cell, but he’s hearing a lot about his Cousin, Jesus; and, overwhelmed with the urge to see what his “Cuz” was up to, he sends his messengers to see ask a “silly” question. Who can blame him? We’ve all asked Jesus (and our earthly Dads) a “silly” question or two. Jesus replies with the same reply that Believers have been using with non-believers for over a millennium… When we look at the Body of Work of Christ’s, it’s obvious. Rather than asking “silly” questions about Jesus, we should turn those “silly” questions around to ourselves like Jesus did with John and his followers. “If the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them”, then how can we not know that Jesus is the Son of God?