Jesus and John
the Baptist (11:2-19)
and Jesus’ response (2-6)
to John’s ministry (7-15)
Woe to the
the Weary and Burdened (11:25-30)
the Father through the Son (25-27)
Coming to Jesus
and learning from Him (28-30)
Things which you
hear and see, not offended because of Me, prophet, messenger, prepare, kingdom
of heaven, the violent take it by force, hear, wisdom, repent, judgment,
hide/reveal, wise/babes, Father/Son, yoke/burden, gentle and lowly in heart,
1. 6, 14, 15,
16-19, 20-21, 25, 27.
response to John’s question teaches us that miracles serve to strengthen our
faith in the Lord. Jesus’ rebuke on the unrepentant cities teaches us that
miracles ought to lead us to a change of heart and returning to God (cf. Jn 10:37,38). If we do not accept
Christ despite the miracles we have seen, the miracles will become a basis of
1. See 14:1-5
2a. John was
perplexed about whether Jesus was actually the one to whom John once testified,
“He who is coming after me is mightier than I” (3:11).
2b. Read 3:11-12.
John had probably anticipated the Christ to bring immediate judgment and blessings.
If so, the work of Christ had turned out to be quite different from his
3a. The ministry of healing and preaching speaks for Jesus and
shows that He is indeed “the Coming One.”
3b. He did not
rebuke John or the disciples for lack of faith. He gently pointed them to the
right direction so that they may see the answer for themselves.
4. Our Lord is
the cornerstone of our faith. But if we reject Him, He becomes to us a
stumbling block (1Pet 2:4-8). We cannot be neutral about Jesus’ teachings. We
either trust in Him and be saved or reject Him and
5. He was much
more extraordinary than the reeds, and more rugged and powerful than those in
the palace. He was more than a prophet. He was the one of whom the prophets
spoke of. He was greater than anyone born of women. He was the Elijah. He came,
neither eating nor drinking.
6a. The ministry of Jesus Christ (establishing the kingdom of
heaven) was greater than that of John, even though John was the greatest of all
prophets. In the same way, those who accept the gospel are more blessed than
even the prophets of the past (13:16,17; 1Pet
6b. There are two possible interpretations to this verse. The
first refers to the opposition to the kingdom from the “violent.” Violent men
constantly attacked the gospel while it was being spread.
interpretation takes on a positive side. Through the powerful ministry of John
and Christ, the kingdom of heaven had been “forcefully advancing” (NIV). The
message of the kingdom called for new attitudes and actions that require
thorough repentance. So only those who are willing to undergo drastic changes
(the “violent”) are able to come into God’s kingdom.
7. Jesus is the
fulfillment of all the prophecies under the Old Testament up to the time of
John (Rom 10:4; Gal 3:24).
8. The people of
those days did not accept John’s preaching of repentance. Neither did they
accept the good news of the kingdom. Instead, they charged Jesus with gluttony
(cf. 9:10,11). Whether it was John’s call to
repentance or Jesus’ grace of forgiveness, the people remained indifferent.
interpretations have been offered. First, the wisdom and righteousness of God
had been proven by the works of John and Jesus. Second, only those who are
humble (true children of wisdom) will accept the message of the kingdom.
10. We need to
accept the good news of the kingdom with strong faith (6). We must be humble
and be open to the call (14). We must listen (15).
11. They should
have repented much more readily because they had seen the deeds of Christ which
the pagan cities did not have the privilege to witness. God is just in His
judgments (cf. Lk 12:48).
12. We should not
take miracles at their face value and think that they are an end in themselves.
Miracles should lead to faith in Christ, demonstrated in repentance and change
13. The ministry
of Jesus was “hidden” to many in that they either did
not understand or refused to accept it. But even then, Jesus calls out and
welcomes those who are willing to come to Him. God will reveal His will to
those who do so.
14a. The wise and prudent are those who are wise in their own
eyes. The babes are the simple and humble.
14b. Humility is
necessary for faith in the Lord. God opposes the proud but blesses the humble (Prov 3:34). By revealing His will to the simple, God also
manifests His wisdom and glory (1Cor 1:18-25).
15. Jesus is the
manifestation of God and is God Himself (Jn 14:9) We can only know and accept God if we accept Jesus Christ (Jn 1:18).
16a. They are the
“sick” and the “sinners” (9:12,13), those who are poor
in spirit, those who mourn, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
(5:3,4,6). They labor and are heavy laden because they have found themselves
spiritually broken and cannot help themselves through their own efforts.
16b. We must listen to the voice of Jesus, humbly accept His
words, and change ourselves to conform to His will.
17a. It is the cross that every follower of Jesus must carry
(10:38). It refers to the sufferings that we will go through for His sake.
17b. It is easy because it is His yoke. He will always be with us
and help us. He will also fulfill God’s righteousness in us (19:23-26; Rom
17c. When we take up Jesus’ yoke and learn from Him, not only
will He put away our burden of sin, He will also help us be at peace with God
through our changed behavior and attitude. Conformity to God’s way brings rest
to our soul.
leads to submission, and lowliness leads to repentance and obedience. We need
to be “babes” who humbly accept and practice God’s will.