Those who have witnessed some part of Jesus’ ministry ask three questions. Each question is important. One of them is extremely important. The questions are never answered.
Note verse 25. This group is knowledgeable about the affairs in Jerusalem. Most people in this area do not know of the hostility that is directed against Jesus by the religious leaders. Those who do know are puzzled by the fact that Jesus apparently was allowed to go on teaching.
The question: “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?” John does not answer it because the answer is obvious. Yes, He is the one! This answer tells us much about the corruption of the human heart.
Note verse 26. This question is asked immediately after the first question. “Have the authorities really concluded that He is the Christ?” The answer was “No, they have not.” They did not want to know. This answer exposes the truly lost condition of men and women. There is none as blind as those who will not see, or deaf, who will not hear.
Verse 31. These are believers in Jesus Christ. This question deals with Jesus’ actions. “When Christ [that is, the Messiah] comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?” The answer would be “No, he will not.” Consequently, the conclusion must be that Jesus is the Christ, and that we should believe on Him as the Savior.
Christ and the Scriptures
Jesus is the only one who has fulfilled the Scriptures. This is His teaching. Note the following verse:
Matthew 5:17 (KJV)
(17) “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
This is what Jesus came to do. This is one of the reasons why Jesus refuted the teachings of the religious leaders. They had it wrong because they had added to the Law of Moses making it difficult to be obedient to them.
It is confirmed by observation. After John the Baptist found himself in prison, his hopes went down. That is the reason why he sent his friends to find out if Jesus was the one he had heralded, or was he to look for another. Jesus outlined His ministry, and He quoted from Isaiah. In this verse, Jesus detailed the accomplishments of His ministry.
Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me” http://ref.ly/Mt11.4-6. Jesus’ claim as to who He is based upon Scripture. He alone was fulfilling them. His life fulfilled all the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. What a wonderful assurance this is!