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?
John knows Christ Jesus very well, he's just wondering if Christ has gone and come back, or in other words, coming back later as in the second advent. John sent the two disciples to find out.
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
Christ wants them to hang around and watch what happens, then go tell John what they 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.
These are those things that is for us and them to tell. When there is no more sickness and EVERYONE begins to know The Truth as it is written, The Lord has arrived and The second advent has happened. There is no more deception from evil.
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?
John didn't sway with the wind when it came to Speaking The Word. It was one direction. It was Truth and salt, not what they want to hear and sugar. In most churches today, we find every wind of doctrine and fear to speak The Truth because it may offend someone. Very few teach The Truth, very few!
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.
The day this all ends is fast approaching us. On that 7th trump = The Trump of God, things as we know it, won't be anymore. Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
John the Baptist is the last prophet before the first advent and Christ is identifying him as such.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Christ Jesus tells us, if you receive Christ as King of kings, then John the Baptist is Elijah. They don't accept either. Luke 1:17 points out something very important. John the Baptist came only in the spirit of Elijah; And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. That's the way they should have accepted him.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
The people of His generation are like children sitting around playing games.
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
They're saying, if we can't be happy or sad, what can we be. Christ will give of Himself and their emotions won't match His sacrifice. We should celebrate those that come to Christ and morn those that leave Him or won't accept Him.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
Those rejecting Christ, will always attack good people and good things.
19 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.
Many refuse Truth, but those that seek God will be justified by the wisdom they obtain. Christians can't be fooled by the worldly.
20 Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not:
Christ healed thousands, preached and cast out evil spirits; the blind could see, the dumb could speak, and the lepers were cleansed, yet they refused to repent and change. We read of His works and see blessings every day, yet many that do, still won't repent or change their ways. They love the world more.
21 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.
Christ Jesus is saying if these two cities had those miracles done like in Chorazin and Bethsaida, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes. Sackcloth and ashes is an expression showing a true repentance. Tyre and Sidon where kenite city's. Evil from the evil one.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
Those in Chorazin and Bethsaida had seen Christ Jesus and those things He had done. They don't have any excuse not to have repented and changed their ways. God was right in front of them.
23 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 this day.
Christ called Capernaum His city and spent most of His time there teaching. If those works done in Capernaum were done in Sodom, they would have repented is what He is saying. We can do something right now. We still have a chance right this second to chose Him. Repent and change your ways before you are like these that refused and must answer for their hate.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 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.
God offers all of us His Grace. Those that know too much for their own good reject Truth, but those not brainwashed will see clearly. To understand The Word you must erase your mind from the world.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.
Christ found it good that they stay blind of Truth, because of their refusal of it.
27 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.
Who He chooses, will see all He has for them. He won't choose those that don't choose Him.
28 Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
That yoke is a connection with God. He helps you pull the load. He handles the things you have tried and can't do yourself.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
The yoke of Christ, will make life easier, and it lightens the pressures that the world places on you. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.