“Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matt. 11:4-5)

unique characteristics of Christianity historic emphasis on works of charity healing the sick feeding the hungry clothing the naked giving room for those who have no room helping those who are in affliction Lords ministry stated as one reason John could know that this was the One for whom they waited for God to renew the earth foretaste of the messianic kingdom