One of the strangest passages in the Bible

Matthew 11:2-6 must be one of the strangest passages in Scripture. It really is quite bizarre. Have a read of it and see:

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the 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.”

See what I am talking about? John the Baptist asks Jesus if he is the one to come, if he is the chosen Messiah. This is John the Baptist asking this. John the Baptist! Does that not strike you as highly unexpected? This was the prophet who was to come who would prepare the way for the Messiah. And here he is, having prepared the way for the Messiah and seeing him come, now wondering whether he is actually the Messiah.

If John’s question above doesn’t strike you as strange you have to read Matthew 3:13-17. This passage starts out with John being unwilling to baptize Jesus. But Jesus persuades him and so is baptized by him. Immediately after he rose up out of the water the heavens opened, the Spirit of God descended like a dove and came to rest on him, and a loud voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”