Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Luke 7:23 NIV)
John the Baptist was in prison and had sent some of his followers 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 his followers asked Jesus, “Are you the one?” In response, Jesus healed many people who are around him and then sent the messengers back to John to report on what they had seen and heard.
And then he included 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 do not stumble because Jesus is not the messiah they want. Accept him as he is, and then follow him wholeheartedly.