The disciples of John question Jesus (Mt 11:3-11:3)

“The disciples of John

Said to Jesus.

‘Are you the one

Who is to come?

Or are we to wait for another?’”


εἶπεν αὐτῷ Σὺ εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ἢ ἕτερον προσδοκῶμεν


The question in Luke, chapter 7:19 is exactly the same, word for word, as here, indicating a possible Q source.  These disciples of John came to Jesus.  They had one big important question to ask him directly (εἶπεν αὐτῷ).  Was Jesus the expected Messiah (Σὺ εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος) or should they wait for someone else (ἢ ἕτερον προσδοκῶμεν)?  The disciples of John were true messianic Jews, waiting for the Messiah.  Did they not realize that Jesus had been baptized by John the Baptist?  In fact, John had already met Jesus, had a conversation with him, and witnessed his baptism in chapter 3:11-17.  What more did he need?