Tell what you have seen

Luke Bible Background

03.30.2017 – New Testament: Luke 7.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 7.1–30 on March 30, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus, asking whether He was the Coming One or whether they should look for someone else. That right there shows that John believed Jesus to be the Christ, so that John’s question was for the benefit of the men he sent to Jesus,

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Luke 7.22–23). 

Jesus simply instructed them to report back to John what they had seen and heard, and Jesus specified what He meant. They saw miracles and they heard the Gospel preached to the poor. He then added that anyone who is not offended because of Him has a blessing.

As a preacher and a teacher, that is all that I do. I will read a text to the congregation, then I tell everyone present what I saw and heard in the text. You might be surprised by the power of that method. Try it, even in private conversations, and see how it goes.


  • What have you seen in the Scriptures?
  • What have you heard in the Bible?

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