A friend once remarked “It is impossible to know what God wants.” I guess he didn’t really read his Bible.
In Luke 4 17-20, Jesus summed up the purposes that He was sent for, quoting from Isaiah 61:1-2 :
“And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
“ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
Then He closed the book…. ”
And in Luke 7:22, when asked by John, The Baptist if He was indeed to Messiah, Jesus replied:
“So He replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: 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.”
I don’t know about you, but I think Jesus’ words were clear enough. Clear enough for John to confirm His identity based on them. Need I say more?
PS: By the way, I am just glad that Jesus was using simple words and not theological jargons. Otherwise, Peter might very well had stayed a fisherman…