“Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew chapter 11 verses 2-10,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
My dear Christians and non-Christians, and you of all faiths and thoughts and all views and opinions, I bid you and ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery where those who may wish to engage in critical thinking and do not engage in and accept media lies, falsehoods, political code words, and hype can join in the effort to gain truth and facts amid the barrage of corruption and virtual darkness we are confronted with and befuddled and made effective fools of. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join with me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in the world of confusion and to come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.
Today I will undertake to analyze and understand and even seek to comprehend once again the words and some events in the life of Jesus. I do this with hesitation and humility knowing how little I could and would be able to say and offer in approaching and grasp even some knowledge of the mind and thoughts of Jesus, the son of god and the savior and redeemer of the world as he speaks of mankind in holy scripture and from the mansions and precincts of heaven with all the saints, angels, and archangels, and in the company and communion of the holy trinity. The passage from the gospel of Matthew I will undertake to interpret and analyze is from chapter 11 verse 2-10 where it is said: Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of Christ he sent word by his disciples and said to him “Are you the one who is to come or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk; lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear and the dead are raised up and the poor have good news preached to them and blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A Reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. What then did you go out to see? A Prophet? Yes, I tell you and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written. Behold I send my messenger before our face who will prepare your way before you.”
This is a very significant passage both in relating the words of Jesus defining his person and also stating who John the Baptist is in truth. The disciples of John asked Jesus who had heard of Jesus in prison “is he the one who is to come or are we to look for another?” Jesus answers with his divine claim and his claim to be god and his claim of divinity saying to “go and tell John of his working of miracles: the blind receiving their sight; the lame walk; the lepers cleansed; the deaf hear; the dead raised and the poor have the good news preached to them.” In short, Jesus lays and makes claim to be god nothing more and nothing less. Jesus performs the works of the predicted messiah. John’s disciples ask if he is “the one to come or shall we look for another” and Jesus answers “with his miraculous deeds.” Jesus said of John that he was a prophet in the manner of Isaiah and the Hebrew prophets of old, but made clear that John was more than a prophet and was the messenger who would prepare the way and coming of the messiah the Christ. John introduced the new manifestation of the coming of Christ’s kingdom. John here was a prophet and follower of Elijah. Jesus defines his role here not as exercising judgment but as blessing the needy. Jesus explains that John is a prophet in the fashion of Elijah and Isaiah and is even more a messenger predicting and foretelling the coming messiah and Christ and is even spoken of as he greatest of men who have ever lived.
I conclude with these few words and sentences: Jesus here has claimed he divine role and state that as the worker of the miracles he listed he is none other than god and that John the Baptist, as he goes to the desert, is truly a prophet taking on poverty and is even more the messenger who speaks of the coming Christ and is the greatest of men.