Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” – Luke 7:23 NIV
John the Baptist was in prison and sent to find out if Jesus was indeed the one he had been expecting. It would appear that John’s expectations for Jesus did not line up with the reality of who Jesus was. And so he sent some of his followers to ask, “Are you the one?” In response, Jesus heals many people who are around him and then sends the messengers back to John to report on what they had seen and heard.
And then he includes this curious verse, “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” How many of us have expectations of what a messiah should be, or do, and then encounter Jesus in the pages of the gospels. A messiah who may not be what we expect or want. And how do we respond? Do we look elsewhere? Or change our expectations? Or maybe what we do is ignore those aspects of Jesus life and calling that we are uncomfortable with and unwilling to emulate.
Blessed are those who accept him as he is, and who then follow him wholeheartedly.