When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written,
“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
by: Jasmine Lynch.
In yesterday’s text, Jesus pointed out that rejecting God’s messenger is rejecting the Son and the Father. In today’s text, Jesus confirmed John as God’s messenger. As important as John was, Jesus made it clear that John’s work did not make him greater than others in the Kingdom (v.28). The leaders (Pharisees) and the learned (lawyers) rejected John’s message and, by extension, Jesus for associating with John and the unlearned, common people. Let us not be discouraged when the world does not accept the Gospel message. They are rejecting God, not us.