There is a good reason to ask this question. In Matthew Chapter 3 we see John preaching at his fiery best:
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Jesus comes to him at the Jordon River to be baptized:
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”
And then Chapters 4-11 happen and it seems that Jesus is not exactly the type of Messiah even the great prophet John was expecting.
Click here to have a look at the timeline of Matthew 3-11 and see if you can see the disconnect between the Messiah with the winnowing fork (check out the picture to see the winnowing fork and threshing floor) who separates the wheat from the chaff and the one who focuses on the poor, the sinners, the tax collectors and is willing to reach down and touch the man with leprosy.
It is actually quite easy to see why John sends his followers to ask:
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
Take a few minutes to take the journey from the time we meet John the Baptizer on the shores of the River Jordon to his question of Jesus from a prison cell. The audio will continue to play from one chapter to the next so grab a cup of coffee, tea or a hot chocolate and find out what happens between chapter 3 and 11 that caused John to ask the question.