Jesus and John the Baptist (Matthew 11:2-30) | back
2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, Two disciples that studied under John were sent to Christ by John the Baptist.
3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? John was a student of the Word. One of the last great prophets before Christ. He wanted to know if this was the first of two advents spoken of in (Zechariah 9:9-10).
4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see. Go back and tell John what you see.
5The 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. The Word being preached for all to hear and receive.
6And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Blessed are those who do not doubt Him. Those who accept His Word. Remember that the doctrine of Christ is the truth of the Word and not traditions of men. This was the message that He was sending to John.
7And 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 wind? Did you think that John was some kind of wimp preacher that sways like a blade of grass. Always teaching some kind of new tradition or belief that gives you no foundation of truth. John the Baptist was not a soft spoken man, but rather bold and to the point teaching only the truth of the Word.
8But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. Were you expecting to see a man dressed as a prince. The clothing does not make the teacher or prophet. Just because they hide behind a collar, colorful robe, or fancy suit, does not make them a teacher of God's Word.
9But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. John the Baptist was more than a prophet. He came in the Spirit of Elijah (Elias), who was the prophet of prophets. (Luke 1:17).
10For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. John prepared the way before the first Advent. (Malachi 3:1). He was the one mentioned in Scriptures --- to precede Christ, to announce His coming, and prepare people to receive Him.
11Verily 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. He was one of the greatest. That is why he was imprisoned. (For teaching the doctrine of Christ).
12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Even today Satan is up there talking against us every time we mess up. Their are many working with him who forcefully try to set up their kingdom here on earth.
13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. All the laws and prophets looked forward to the Messiah, then John showed up. (John was the last prophet before Christ came).
14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Here is that word "IF" again. (Something conditional). John was not "Elijah" (Elias), John was only in the Spirit of Elijah. (The power and spirit). (Luke 1:17, & last verses of Malachi). Did they receive John the Baptist, or even Christ? NO!
15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. If ever you were willing to listen, listen now! Do you hear?
16But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, These people are like children playing, who say to their little friends, come on over.
17And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. We called to you and wanted to have a good time and you would not come.
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. John doesn't even drink wine and often goes without food, and you say, 'He's crazy.'
19The 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. I the messiah, come and feast and drink, and you complain that I am a glutton and a drinking man who hangs with sinners. But brilliant men like you can can justify your every inconsistency.
20Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. This word "upbraid" means reproach, or come down on them. They seen the many things that Christ had done right in front of them and they still did not repent and turn to God. He had the right to come down on them.
21Woe 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. If these miracles I did for you were done in Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented long ago. Here we have "Bethsaida" (house of the fish), which is the sign of Christianity itself.
22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. If you seen it and rejected it. YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!
23And 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 this day. If these miracles were done in Sodom, they would have not been destroyed. This is why we having so many problems today, because society is driving God out!
24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. They will have something to answer for.
25At 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. Christ thanked the Heavenly Father for hiding the truth from those who thought that they were so wise, and revealing it to little children.
26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. That's the way God wanted it.
27All 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. Listen well! It all comes from the Father. You can only know the Father when He reveals Himself to you. When God blesses you, then you will understand the truth.
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. All that labor and work hard under a heavy yoke! Those who do the work of the Lord as true Christians, He will give you rest... Christ is our rest!
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Learn of Him... Learn the Word! Let Christ teach you and you will find rest. We are saved by grace yes... But we need to move past that to receive all the blessings He has to offer. A Yoke makes it easy and takes away the burden or hurt. (Just as it would on the yoke of the oxen). Christ is meek (gentle), lowly in heart (coming down to you), rest to your soul (yourself), which gives you peace of mind.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. You can do it! His burden is so light you won't feel it, and He will never give you a burden that you cannot handle.