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.
These verses are the response of Jesus to the question posed by John the Baptist. The question was, are you the Messiah? John was in prison and had heard about all the deeds of Christ and so he asked his disciples to ask Jesus this question.
Jesus does not say yes I am. Jesus tells the disciples that through his work one can know that he is the one to come, he is the Christ.
When I read these verses, I thought about the final part of verse 5:
….and the poor have good news preached to them.
What was the “good news”?
The good news was the Messiah had come and each was made known the way to their salvation.
Some might say, that’s great, so when does it take care of me? The say it as if they are expecting salvation to be like some government giveaway program. They expect salvation to just show up and all will be well.
The good news was Christ reaffirming what God had given to each and every one of us. That is life. Each of us has been given their own unique gift of life. You are an individual and no oppressor, or leader, or group, or other individual can take that away from you.
You are in control of this gift of life. Things may happen outside of your control, but how you respond to good and evil and everything in between is up to you. Christ, through his teachings reaffirmed the fact of this wondrous gift from God.
This is the good news to the poor. Every man and woman should realize they are not victims. They should realize that victimhood is not part of living a righteous life. There is no place for victimhood, it only allows others to suppress you the individual.
The rewards on earth are meaningless to righteousness, the righteous and the individual. When you realize that worldly things are meaningless, then they have no value.
You are poor because you allow someone else to set the standards by which you measure your life. Through eternity we will have rich and poor according to our worldly desires. But the treasures of heaven or the treasures in heaven have no rich and poor, only righteous.
When you stop judging and measuring yourself by the standards of others, then worldly possession have no value. You realize you are an individual and this is the gift from God.
The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the dead are raised. And with the good news, the gift of God and the individual, the poor are rich.
All is equal when you know you are an individual.
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