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1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 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. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 7 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? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 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. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. 20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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1 Deena E = "This is interesting. John the Baptist is in jail and he sends his followers to inquire of Jesus and about his "real" identity. Isn't this the same man who prophesied and baptized Jesus saying that he was unworthy of even touching his sandal, let alone baptize him--see Matthew 3:13-17. John seems to be a little jealous of Jesus and his following, but Jesus talks John up and only says how great of a prophet he is. Jesus refuses to expose John's flaws. That is real grace and love."
2 Deena E = ""the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, but the violent take it by force"When I first read this verse, I couldn't really make any sense of it.To clear the air about the times in this verse, Jesus was only referring to the period when He and John both walked the earth. He first says "from the days of John the Baptist until now," which indicates that He was not speaking of any previous time or any later time than His time (he and John where born very close in age -see Luke 1-2).Whenever Jesus references the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God, the Greek word basileia is the word used for kingdom. Basileia is not defined as a physical king or kingdom, it refers to a dominion, rule, reign and the right to authority over a region, people or thing. The Greek word biazō is the word translated as violence. This word most closely mirrors the word we use for forcefulness so a suffering of violence would mean to force an out-breaking of something. Jesus' and John's ministries together represent the kingdom of heaven suffering violence, or the rule and dominion of God forcefully breaking out. Remember, John was the one in the wilderness who foretold of Jesus' coming. John preached, baptized and led many to repentance; Jesus healed many, fed the poor, and led many to repentance with His compassion. The "violent" are believers who forcefully, with utmost fervor, take the kingdom of heaven for themselves."
3 Cary W = "We really don't know much of anything, but as responsible adults we have difficulty feeling helpless.  Yet it is this dependence upon God and His Spirit that abides in us that is our only source of true knowledge.Even if we earnestly desire to know the Father, it is through our relation to His Son that we may gain access..whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.May we wait, pray and even be still in seeking Christ, that He may also show us the Father."
4 Cary W = "God desires our heart to be filled with love, peace, rest and contentment in faith that He provides us each moment all we need.  We often take on so many burdens but the Lord's, and even that He does not ask.As we seek to lay our burden down to Him and surrender all our woe, stress and worry, He gladly bears them as a loyal friend and brother and allows us to participate in His burden, which now as Lord, is easy and light."
5 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those in Need of Healing"
6 Sarah Mangum = "Matthew 11:28-30"