About the works
Of the Christ.
He sent word
By his disciples.”
Ὁ δὲ Ἰωάνης ἀκούσας ἐν τῷ δεσμωτηρίῳ τὰ ἔργα τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πέμψας διὰ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ
Now we are back to the question of John the Baptist. Luke, chapter 7:18, has something similar. John the Baptist heard (Ὁ δὲ Ἰωάνης ἀκούσας) about the works or deeds of Jesus the Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah (τὰ ἔργα τοῦ Χριστοῦ), while he was in a prison (ἐν τῷ δεσμωτηρίῳ). Clearly John still had a number of disciples, despite his imprisonment. Thus, he sent a few of his disciples (πέμψας διὰ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ). Luke said that there were two, but there is no number here. John may have been in prison in Machaerus, about 5 miles east of the Dead Sea. Notice that this is the first time that Jesus is called the Christ (τοῦ Χριστοῦ).