John the Baptizer was the forerunner of Jesus the Messiah, preaching a gospel of repentance and preparing the way of the Lord in prison sends his disciples to ask whether Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity is really the “one who is to come.” Jesus instructs them to tell John what they have “heard” and “seen” in the preaching of the good news and asserts that anyone who takes no offense at him is truly blessed.
This is a key passage in the movement of the Gospel. With his question John the Baptist, even though being the prophetic forerunner, illustrates the potential risk of rejecting God’s The Messiah was the one who, it was believed, would come to free the people of Israel from bondage and exile. In Jewish thought the Messiah is the anticipated one who will come, as prophesied by Isaiah. In Christian thought Jesus of Nazareth is identified... and so remaining outside the kingdom (11:7-11). John’s question thus stands as the central question of the Gospel for Matthew’s hearers and for hearers yet today. Is this Jesus whose ministry and mission is here announced really God’s Messiah, or do we keep waiting for another (11:3)? Jesus’ response applies the question not just to John, but to “anyone,” and so the question presses the issue of faith and discipleship in response to the gospel for all.
Two key words mark Matthew’s consideration of that response. The reference to “offense” is a favored way of talking about faith. The call of Jesus to follow results in either the response of A disciple is a person who accepts and follows the pronouncements of a teacher. Jesus chose twelve disciples (also called "apostles" in some of the Gospels) to follow him and bear witness to his message Anyone who (like them) follows Jesus is engaged in Christian... faith or in the “offense” in which one turns away from following this Messiah (fourteen times in A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples; often unfortunately translated as “stumbling block” or “temptation”; see for example, 18:6, 8, 9). To recognize that one might respond in faith is once again to know oneself as the object of God’s Blessing is the asking for or the giving of God's favor. Isaac was tricked into blessing Jacob instead of his firstborn Esau. At the Last Supper Jesus offered a blessing over bread and wine. To be blessed is to be favored by God. (see the Beatitudes, 5:1-12; Peter’s confession, 16:16-18; and the blessing of those who understand the parables of the kingdom, 13:16-17). This passage thus marks a kind of watershed in the Gospel. From now on in the narrative (chapters 11-20) we see a growing opposition to Jesus’ ministry and in Jesus’ turning more toward instruction of his disciples, leading up to his ministry in Jerusalem and the Passion is the theological term used to describe Jesus' suffering prior to and including his crucifixion. The Passion Narrative (the portions of the Gospels that tell of the Last Supper, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus) are often read in church during Holy Week. Narrative.