When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
Jesus’s life was lived in service to others. Some of what he did, as written in the Gospels, included healing people who were sick or lame. There are numerous stories of the miracles he performed: healing lepers, restoring sight to blind, raising people from the dead, and so on. The story of Jesus’s miracles are some of the hardest stories for skeptics of Christianity to fathom. How can we Christians believe that Jesus actually had the power to perform these miracles (not to mention be raised from the dead!). It is my sincere belief that those who get preoccupied with the literal/factual truth of these stories are missing the point. These stories can mean so much more if you look at them from the standpoint of…what is the underlying message? These verses from Matthew sum it up quite nicely. Go and tell others what you have heard and seen from people knowing Jesus…their eyes are opened, they escape their prisons and can walk freely, their sins are washed away, their ears are opened to hearing the truth, and their lives are renewed by grace in the good news of the redemption God has given us. The stories of Jesus’s birth, life, and death are indeed powerful. They are even more powerful when you lose the baggage of being concerned with their literal/factual truth. May God be with us this Advent season, and become incarnate and born anew in each of us every day!