“Blessed Is He Who Does Not Stumble Because of Me”: The Messiah and Today’s Nationalists

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
~ Matthew 11:2-6

After John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance and the coming judgment to be wrought by the Messiah (Matt. 3:11-12), Jesus proceeded to perform his ministry rather quietly and without any evident deliverance of Israel from her enemies foreign and domestic. He preached God’s kingdom and performed miracles, but he did not purge the degenerate Israelite leadership or throw off the yoke of his nation’s Roman conquerors. Eventually John was imprisoned and, understandably, discouraged that Jesus apparently did not fulfill the messianic promises. Jesus’s response was direct, and it may be paraphrased, “Blessed is the man whose preconceived notions of …

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