6.14 Answered John the Baptist's Message

Top  Previous  Next

6.14 When John the Baptist heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent two disciples to ask him, “Are you the expected Messiah, or do we look for another?”

Jesus replied, “Report to John all youve just seen and heard: the blind seeing, the lame walking, lepers cleansed and the deaf hearing; the dead raised and the good news preached to the poor.1 Blessed is the one who doesnt lose his faith in me.2

Mar 28 As Johns disciples left, Jesus spoke to the crowd about him. “What did you go into the desert to see? A wind-blown reed? A man dressed in fine clothing? See, those who dress luxuriously are in kings palaces. A prophet? Yes, a prophet and more.  For John is the one of whom this is written, Behold, I send My messenger and he will prepare the way before Me. Truly, John is greater than anyone born of women, yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Since his time until now, the heavenly kingdom was being invaded by forceful men. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. If you will accept it, he is Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let him hear.”

Mar 29 All the people and tax collectors3 praised God when they heard this, for they were baptized by John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God for themselves not having been baptized. “How do I compare this generation? Like kids seated in the marketplace calling one another, We played wedding music but you didnt dance. We played funeral music but you didnt mourn. For John came neither eating nor drinking and you say, He is crazy. The Son of man came eating and drinking4 and you say, See, a gluttonous wine drinker, tax collectors and sinners friend. Wisdom is justified by her result.”

Mar 30 6.15 Then Jesus began to reprove the unrepentant cities where he did numerous miracles: “Woe1 to Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. On judgment day, it will be more tolerable for them than for you. And you Capernaum, exalted to heaven, shall descend into hell. If the miracles done in you were done in Sodom, it will still be standing today. Yes, Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”