Lk.7:22 – And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
All of us have struggled with our doubts, John was no different. Even at the height of John’s prophetic insight he saw through a glass darkly. John wanted to be certain before he died, is Jesus the one? Rather than just giving John words Jesus put on a display of His power for John’s disciples. He healed the sick and cast out evil spirits to display the power and glory of God for John’s disciples. He then began to quote from Isaiah about the miracle ministry of the Messiah. That’s all we need, a demonstration of the power of the Spirit and the confirmation of the word of God. Here is how Spurgeon explains this passage.
“Our Lord makes no assertion, but sets clear evidence before the eyes of John’s delegates. He based the evidence of his Messiahship upon his miracles…..What John had heard in prison his messengers were to see for themselves, and then to tell to their imprisoned master. Prison walls cannot shut out news of Jesus; but good news comes best through friends who are personal witnesses. The messengers received command “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see. ” Of hearing and seeing they had more than they could fully report, and more than enough to make them see for themselves that Jesus was the Christ. The cures wrought were all beneficent, superhuman, and of a kind foretold by the prophets as signaling the coming of Messiah. The proof was cumulative: the argument increased in power. The last two proofs are evidently placed as the climax of the argument: “The dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. ” These two wonders are placed side by side. There is as much of the miraculous in the poor man’s gospel as in the dead man’s resurrection.”
So what was true in Jesus’s day is true now. He is still ministering to broken people. The power of the Spirit and the word seen in the testimony of Jesus in His elect today is all we need. I have to agree with the blind man that Jesus healed; I once was blind but now I see.