When Jesus finished directing his disciples, he left from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2John heard about all of Christ’s works in prison and sent a message through his disciples, 3"Are you the one who’s supposed to come, or do we have to wait for someone else?” 4Jesus told John’s disciples, “When y’all get back, tell John about everything you’ve heard and seen. 5The blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are cleaned, the deaf hear, the dead are brought back to life, the poor are being told the good news. 6The person who doesn’t take offence at me is blessed.”
7After John’s disciples left, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John, “What did y’all come out to the desert to watch? A reed shaking in the wind? 8What did y’all come out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? The people wearing soft clothes are in kings’ houses. 9So, what did y’all come out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell y’all, and more than a prophet! 10This is the one it’s been written about, ‘Look, I’m sending my messenger ahead of you, he’ll prepare your way in front of you.’ 11Yes, I tell y’all, of all those born of women, no one has been raised above John the Baptist! But the smallest in Heaven’s Empire is greater than him. 12But from the days of John the Baptist till now, Heaven’s Empire has been under attack, and violent people take it. 13The Prophets and the Law all spoke before John came. 14And if you want to accept it, he’s Elijah, the one who’s coming. 15Whoever has ears, listen!
16“What’ll I compare this generation to? It’s like small children sitting in the market place and calling out to the others, 17‘We played the flute and y’all didn’t dance. We cried, and y’all didn’t mourn.’ 18John comes, not eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He’s possessed!’ 19Then the Son of Man comes, eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk! A friend of tax men and sinners!’ Wisdom is proved right by its deeds.
20Then Jesus began to condemn the cities he did most of his powerful works in because they still wouldn’t change their ways. 21“Damn you, Chorasin! Damn you, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon saw the power you’ve seen, they would’ve sat in sackcloth and ashes and changed their ways a long time ago! 22But I tell y’all, it’ll be better for Tyre and Sidon on Judgement Day than for y’all! 23And you, Capernaum. You don’t think you’ll be raised to Heaven, do you? You’ll go to hell! If the powerful works that have been done in you had been done in Sodom, it would still be here. 24But I tell y’all, Sodom will have it better on Judgement Day than you!”
25At that time, Jesus said, “Father, I praise You, Lord of Heaven and earth, because You hid these things from the wise and educated, and revealed them to infants. 26Yes, Father. Because that is Your good will. 27Everything has been given to me by my Father. Nobody knows the son, only the Father. Nobody knows the Father, only the son and whoever the son chooses to reveal Him to. 28Come to me, everyone who’s laboring and carrying a heavy load. I’ll give you rest. 29Take my yoke and learn from me, because I’m gentle and humble in heart, and you’ll find rest for your soul. 30Because my yoke is easy, and my load is light.”
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