Jesus Talks about John the Baptist
In this Scripture, Jesus finished commanding the twelve disciples, and went about preaching and teaching in their cities.
When John heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples to inquire of Jesus if He was the one they were looking for. Jesus tells them to go back and tell John of all the miracles they saw Jesus perform. “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.”
Then Jesus starts to tell the multitude about John, that God sent John to prepare the way for Him. He was greater than a prophet and there was none greater who was born of woman than John the Baptist. Jesus says all the prophets had prophesied before John. Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” I guess that includes most of us, if we’ll take time to listen and believe.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 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.
2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5 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.
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
7 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 wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings’ houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
11 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.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Things to think about:
• Consider the lifestyle both Jesus and John the Baptist lived. Can you imagine living the way they did?
• Do you think you could have endured what they did for the sake of the gospel?
• Do you have ears to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture that tells us about Jesus going about teaching and preaching and healing the people. Thank You for those You sent to tell about Jesus both before and since He came. Help us to have ears to hear and listen to the truth of Your Word. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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