Matthew 11:6 “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5 The blind see 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.
6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
7 As they departed; Yahshua / Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
John sent His disciples to inquire about Yahshua, as to whether or not He was really the Messiah. And Yahshua replied, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
The blind see 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 who is not offended because of Me.” (Vs 4-6)
They were there long enough to see what was taking place among the crowd. And they saw the miracles done, People were being healed on the spot, the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear. And even the dead have been raised up. But more than any of this the good news of the Kingdom of Elohim is preached. They were hearing things and seeing things that most of us would give anything to experience.
Indeed, this is the Messiah!
Most of this crowd knew who John was, and many of them had been baptized by Him. So Yahshua begins to speak of John the Baptist to them. He said, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?” (Vs 7)
Here is a man not affected by the things of this world, and it had no influence on Him, He was not shaken by the things of this world. Truly John was in the world, but not of it!
He goes on to say, “But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.” (Vs 8)
Everyone knew that John the Baptist lived in the wilderness wearing the skins of animals for clothing and living on honey and locusts. Did He have a soft life? No! He lived a life of a hermit, a solitary life without the comforts.
And Yahshua adds, “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.” (Vs 9)
Many would be surprised to hear of who and what John is, He is more than meets the eye, and Yahshua gives us a glimpse of John in Matthew 17:11 “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.
12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise, the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”
13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
He is not just a man named John, but He is a soul that spans time and space to serve God. And I believe there are others as well, Saints that have returned to this world to point the way home for us.
And finally, He says about John, “For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.’” (Vs 10) (Quoting Malachi 3:1.)
The Temple Priests approached John as he was baptizing on the Jordan River and asked Him if He was the Messiah.
John 1:19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’
It’s interesting that John didn’t know he was the return of Elijah, But Yahshua knew who he was. But nevertheless, He knew His purpose! He knew that He was here to prepare the way for the Messiah. And He preached about the coming of Messiah. Telling others to prepare to receive Him, and to make themselves ready to receive their King.
Today there are many voices that are saying the same thing as John, this time however there will be no crucifixion. There will not be an opportunity to reject and persecute the Son of God.
This time He is coming to Judge and there will be no argument, nor will there be any defense. But while there is still time we must repent of our sins, and make ourselves ready to receive our King.
This is why I continue to say to my friends, go back to the scriptures, and forsake your doctrine, embrace the solid truth that God has given us in His Word. For God Himself speaks to us from His Proverbs saying, “Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. (Proverbs 4:1, 2)
Listen and believe that Yahshua Himself is calling you back to the true faith, and He is using those who are called of God, chosen by His own hand to call those among us out of false religion and into a relationship based on truth, and Faith.
John 4:21 “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
I have modeled my ministry after that of John the Baptist because in my Spirit I have heard the call of God to do as Yahshua says.
You have been called out by Yahshua Christ Himself, Just as He sent John, He sent me, and others like me. Unlike John however, I am not alone in this.
Shalom my friends,