And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve
disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.||
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of
And said unto him, Art
thou he that should come, or do we look for another?||
(11:3) "Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?"|
John the Baptist is still not sure about Jesus. (He's in prison and is soon to die.) He sends his disciples to ask, "Art
thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" Well, if he
isn't sure after seeing and hearing the events at Jesus' baptism, then how can
anyone else be?
Jesus answered and said unto them, 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.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.||
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning
John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold,
they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.||
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more
than a prophet.||
"There hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist."
John the Baptist was the greatest man ever
to live (even greater than Jesus), but "he that is least in the kingdom of
heaven is greater than he."
Who was the greatest: Jesus, Solomon, or John the Baptist?
(11:12) "And from the days of John the Baptist until
now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
Until when? (John the Baptist was still alive when Jesus supposedly said these words.) Jesus continues to bewilder his poor disciples by
saying, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it
(11:13-14) "John ... is Elias."
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Verily I say unto you, Among
them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the
Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is
greater than he.
And from the days of
John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,
and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children
sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have
mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.||
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.||
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man
gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom
is justified of her children.||
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were
done, because they repented not:||
(11:21-24) "Woe unto thee"|
Jesus condemns entire cities to dreadful
deaths and the eternal torment of hell because they didn't care for his
(11:21) "Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida!"
(11:23-24) "And thou, Capernaum ... shalt be brought down to hell ...
it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."
Woe unto thee,
Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were
done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long
ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
day of judgment, than for you.
And thou, Capernaum,
which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which
have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until
But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of
judgment, than for thee.||
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.||
(11:25) "Jesus ... said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these
things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." Wise and prudent people have always rejected Jesus. They still do
Who is the Lord of the earth?
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son,
but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to
whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.||
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.||