About John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-35) | back
18And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. They told John the Baptist of what they have seen and heard about Jesus.
19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the real Messiah.
20When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? Are you the messiah they asked, or should we keep looking for another?
21And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. When they asked this question, they seen Jesus curing people and casting out evil spirits. Who did they think He was?
22Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. Go back and tell John what you have seen here today. All the healings, the dead raised, and the poor in spirit are hearing the truth of the gospel being preached.
23And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Blessed is the one who does not lose his faith in me.
24And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? After John's messengers left, Jesus spoke to the crowd about John the Baptist. He asked them about this man in the wilderness. Christ question to them was; did you see a man shaking in the wind like a reed?
25But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. Jesus asked them if they seen a man dressed expensive clothes? No! Men who live in luxury live in palaces, not in the wilderness.
26But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. Did you find a prophet? Yes! Even more than a prophet Jesus told them.
27This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. This is the one the scriptures spoke of who will come before me to prepare the way before you. To prepare the way of the Lord.
28For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. In all humanity there is no one greater a prophet than John the Baptist; but in the Kingdom of God, the least citizen is greater than him.
29And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. All who heard John preach, even the most wicked, agreed that God's requirements were right and were baptized by John.
30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. All but the Pharisees and teachers of Moses law (the scripture lawyers), were baptized by John. They rejected God's plan for them and refused to be baptized.
31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? What can I say about such men, with what shall I compare them Jesus explained.
32They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. They are like a group of children who complain to their friends. You don't like it if we play wedding, and you don't like it if we play funeral.
33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. Here is a man who went without food and never took a drink, and you call him crazy.
34The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! I eat my food and drink my wine and you say what a glutton Jesus is; and He drinks! He also has the lowest sort of friends!
35But wisdom is justified of all her children. But I am sure you can always justify your inconsistencies. Men always find a way to justify their actions, even if they are wrong. Quick to judge others before themselves.