In this Gospel Jesus in engages in his public ministry. It describes a crisis in his ministry. He has been teaching, preaching, and healing and the question that everybody is wondering who he is? Is he the Messiah we are expecting? John’s question from prison helps Jesus explain the kind of Messiah he is. He is the one who is to come; the Messiah, and the miracles he performs prove it. However, he is not the political Messiah that many are expecting. He brings liberation of a different kind. As Jesus was baptized, it became clear that his way of being a Messiah was completely contrary to the expectation of John the Baptist and of everyone else as well. Jesus does not impose the Kingdom through power or prestige (Matt 4:1-11) but rather through submission to the will of God as expressed in the Scriptures. He breaks with the past in many ways. Evil will not be repaid by evil. Goodness will be the standard (Matt 5:38-48). Jesus cares for the poor and the sick and calls disciples to join him in this work or mercy. No fierce judge, no destruction or the wicked! To have faith means to trust that God knows the implications of all the events of our lives and to understand them as part of God’s plan of salvation for us.