43 Jesus gives testimony about John the Baptizer.

Malachi 3:1; 4:5; Isaiah 35:5–6; 61:1; Matthew 11:2–15; Luke 7:18–30

How far would news about this miracle spread (Luke 7:17)?

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To what extent was John aware of all that Jesus was doing (Luke 7:18–19)?

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Why do you think John’s disciples weren’t following Jesus (Luke 7:20)?

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What parts of Jesus’ ministry might John’s disciples have witnessed (Luke 7:21–23)?

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If John knew all that Jesus was doing, how would he benefit from hearing about what Jesus was doing (Luke 7:21–23)?

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If you don’t trust someone, how is that feeling helped by the person saying, “You should trust me” (Luke 7:23)?

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What kind of report would John’s disciples have brought back to the prison (Luke 7:21–23)?

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What reasons did people have to go into the wilderness to see John (Luke 7:24 – 26)?

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How would you define the difference between who John was and who people thought he was (Luke 7:25)?

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What made John greater than any other person ever born (Luke 7:28)?

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How could the lowliest person in the Kingdom of Heaven be greater than John and every other person who had lived (Luke 7:28)?

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Why is the Kingdom of Heaven something not to be taken by force (Matthew 11:12)?

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How did the Law and the prophets anticipate John’s coming (Matthew 11:13–14)?

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How could everyone who heard John yield to God’s way when they were baptized (Luke 7:29–30)?

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Why did Pharisees and teachers of the Law reject John’s message (Luke 7:29–30)?

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What is the danger of hearing but not really listening (Matthew 11:15)?

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John the Baptizer was in prison but heard from his disciples about all that Jesus was doing. He sent two of them to ask, “Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?”

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Matthew 11:2–3 John the Baptizer was in prison but heard what the Messiah was doing. He sent two of his disciples with the question: “Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?”
Luke 7:18–19 John the Baptizer heard from his disciples about all that Jesus was doing. He sent two of them to ask, “Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?”
King James

Matthew 11:2–3 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Luke 7:18–19 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

So the men went to Jesus and said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to ask, ‘Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?’”

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Luke 7:20 So the men went to Jesus and said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to ask, ‘Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?'”
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Luke 7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

At that time, Jesus was healing many who were sick or had physical handicaps. He cast out evil spirits and gave sight to the blind.

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Luke 7:21 At that time, Jesus was healing many who were sick or had physical handicaps. He cast out evil spirits and gave sight to the blind.
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Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

“Go tell John what you have seen and heard,” Jesus said. “The blind see, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised, and the needy receive words of hope. Tell him a man is blessed when he puts his faith in me.”

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Isaiah 35:5–6 The blind will see, and the deaf will hear. The lame man leap like the deer, and the tongues of the mute will sing for joy. Artesian springs will rise in the wilderness, and streams will flow through the desert.
Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of Almighty God is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, freedom for the oppressed, and recovery of sight for the blind,
Matthew 11:4–6 “Go tell John what you have seen and heard,” Jesus said. The blind see, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised, and the needy receive words of hope. Tell him a man is blessed when he puts his faith in me.”
Luke 7:22–23 “Go tell John what you have seen and heard,” Jesus said. “The blind see, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised, and the needy receive words of hope. Tell him a man is blessed when he puts his faith in me.”
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Isaiah 35:5–6 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Matthew 11:4–6 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 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. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Luke 7:22–23 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

As the two left, Jesus asked the people about John. “What did you go into the wilderness to see? A reed blown over by the wind? Why did you go? Was it to see a man dressed in fine clothes? No, those people live in the royal palaces. What did you expect to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, he is more remarkable than a prophet.

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Matthew 11:7–9 As the two left, Jesus asked the people about John. “What did you go into the wilderness to see? A reed blown over by the wind? Why did you go? Was it to see a man dressed in fine clothes? No, those people live in the royal palaces. What did you expect to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, he is more remarkable than a prophet.
Luke 7:24–26 As the two left, Jesus asked the people about John. “What did you go into the wilderness to see? A reed blown over by the wind? Why did you go? Was it to see a man dressed in fine clothes? No, those people live in the royal palaces. What did you expect to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, he is more remarkable than a prophet.
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Matthew 11:7–9 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? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Luke 7:24–26 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

“He is the one the prophet Malachi talked about when he wrote: See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Believe me, John the Baptizer is greater than any other person ever born. Yet the lowliest one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John.

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Malachi 3:1 “See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight is surely coming,” says the Lord of Hosts.
Matthew 11:10–11 “He is the one the prophet Malachi talked about when he wrote: See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Believe me, John the Baptizer is greater than any other person ever born. Yet the lowliest one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John.
Luke 7:27–28 “He is the one the prophet Malachi talked about when he wrote: See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Believe me, John the Baptizer is greater than any other person ever born. Yet the lowliest one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John.
King James

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Matthew 11:10–11 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 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.
Luke 7:27–28 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

“Ever since the Messiah’s coming was foretold, violent people have sought to take the Kingdom of Heaven by force. For the Law and the prophets anticipated John’s coming, and if you can believe it, John is the ‘Elijah’ who must come before the Messiah.

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Malachi 4:5 See, I will send the prophet Elijah before that awesome and fearful day when the Lord comes.
Matthew 11:11–14 “Believe me, John the Baptizer is greater than any other person ever born. Yet the lowliest one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John. Ever since the Messiah’s coming was foretold, violent people have sought to take the Kingdom of Heaven by force. For the Law and the prophets anticipated John’s coming, and if you can believe it, John is the ‘Elijah’ who must come before the Messiah.
King James

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
Matthew 11:11–14 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. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

“Everyone who heard John, including the tax collectors, yielded to God’s way when they were baptized, but the Pharisees and teachers of the Law rejected God when they refused to be baptized.

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Luke 7:29–30 “Everyone who heard John, including the tax collectors, yielded to God’s way when they were baptized, but the Pharisees and teachers of the Law rejected God when they refused to be baptized.”
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Luke 7:29–30 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

“If you have ears, pay attention to what I am saying.”

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Matthew 11:15 “If you have ears, pay attention to what I am saying.”
King James

Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.