This is Matthew chapter 11 summary and this chapter will feature Jesus’ thoughts on John the Baptist among other things. Jesus just sent His twelve disciples to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and to teach and preach the gospel, heal, and do the kingdom of heaven stuff.
When they left, Jesus also went about teaching and preaching. John the Baptist was in prison at the time and he’d heard about Jesus preaching and teaching. He sent his two disciples to enquire about Jesus if He was the One.
They asked Jesus and He told them to observe the works being performed; the dead are raised, the blind can see, “report that to John.” As they left to report, Jesus asked the crowd what they wanted from John the Baptist? What did they go to the wilderness to see him for?
Matthew Chapter 11 Summary – Upbraiding Cities
He also praised John as being the greatest to be born of a woman but quickly devalued the praise. He did so by saying the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John (that should be a blow to our egos).
In this chapter, Jesus compared John’s style to His and how the people balked at both; John was too radical they thought, the Son of man to common. This generation is never satisfied, still, wisdom is shown to be right by what it does.
The chapter concluded as the Holy Messiah went to towns and upbraided them for not repenting. Upbraid meant to harshly criticize and reprimand because they’d seen many miracles and still hadn’t repented.
To the Babes, Not the “Wise”
Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, and Gomorrah, evil cities of the past will have more tolerable time at the judgment than some of the cities Jesus went to and performed miracles and strong teachings. Jesus even prayed to the Father thanking the Father for not conferring this to the wise and prudent.
Instead, it seemed good to the Father to reveal everything to the babes. At the end of the chapter, Jesus simply asked those heavy laden and burdened to come to Him; He would give them rest because His yoke is easy and His burden light.
This is the summary of Matthew chapter 11, glory to the Father on High.
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