(From: MATTHEW #17 - 11:2-30)
XII. 11:2-12:50 CONDEMNATION FOR AN EVIL AND DISOBEDIENT AGE
A. 11:2-24 JOHN THE BAPTIST CONTRASTED WITH HIS GENERATION
1. 11:2-6 JESUS REMOVES JOHN THE BAPTIST'S DOUBT BY DEMONSTRATION
a. 11:2-3 JOHN SEEKS PROOF OF JESUS' MESSIAHSHIP
Ho de IoAnes aKOUsas en todes-mo-teRIota ERga tou ChrisTOU,
Now when :John heard in the prison the works of the Christ,
PEMpsas diA ton ma-theTON auTOU, EIpen auTO,
he sent by his disciples, 3 and said to him,
Su ei ho erCHOme-nos, eHEte-ron pros-doKOmen ?
Are you the coming one, or look we for another?
b. 11:4-5 JESUS DEMONSTRATES HIS MESSIAHSHIP BY SIGNS
kai a-po-kriTHEIS ho IeSOUS EIpen auTOIS,
And :Jesus answered andsaid to them,
Po-reuTHENtes a-pagGEIla-te  IoAnei ha aKOUe-te kai BLEpe-te:
Go and report to John what things you hear and see:
tuphLOI  a-naBLEpou-sin , kai choLOI pe-re-paTOUsin,
5theblind look up, and thelame walk,
lePROI  ka-thaRIzon-tai , kai koPHOI aKOUou-sin ,
lepers are cleansed, and thedeaf hear,
kai neKROI  eGEIron-tai  kai ptoCHOI eu-ag-geLIzon-tai .
and thedead are raised and thepoor are given theGospel.
c. 11:6 And blessed is he, whoever shall not stumble in me.
kai maKAriOS es-tin, hos an meskan-da-lisTHEen eMOI.
2. 11:7-19 JESUS COMMENDS JOHN - YET WE ARE MORE PRIVILEGED
a. 11:7 WAS JOHN A FRAIL MINISTER?
TOUton de po-reu-oMEnon ERxa-to ho IeSOUS LEgein tois OCHlois
And as these went away :Jesus began to say to the crowds
peRI IoAnou, Ti eXELtha-te eis ten Ere-mon theAsas-thai? KAla-mon huPO aNEmou sa-leuOme-non?
concerning John, What did you go out into the wilderness to see? a reed shaken by thewind?
b. 11:8a But what did you go out to see? a man clothed is soft raiment?
alLA ti eXEtha-te iDEIN? ANthro-pon en ma-laKOIS  em-phi-esMEnon ?
c. 11:8b Lo, they who wear soft raiment are in the houses of :kings.
iDOU, hoi ta ma-laKA phoROUNtes  en tois OIkois ton ba-siLEon.
d. 11:9a But why did you go out? to see a prophet?
alLA ti eXELtha-te? proPHEten  iDEIN?
e. 11:9b Yes, I say unto you, even beyond a prophet.
nai, LEgohuMIN, kai pe-riSOte-ron proPHEtou.
f. 11:10 JOHN: THE PROPHESIED MESSENGER FOR MESSIAH!
HOU-TOS es-tin, peRI hou GEgrap-tai, I-DOU, eGO a-poSTELlo ton AGgeLON mou pro proSOpou SOu,
This is he, of whom it is written,Lo, I send my :messenger before your face,
hos ka-ta-skeuAsei  ten hoDON  sou EMprosTHEN sou.
Who shall prepare your :way before you.
g. 11:11 LEAST OF NEW COVENANT - GREATER THAN GREATEST OF OLD!
aMEN LEgo huMIN, ouk eGEger-tai  en gen-neTOIS gu-naiKON
Amen I say unto you, Among themborn of women
MEIzon IoAnou tou bap-tiSTOU :
no greater has arisen than John the Baptist:
ho de miKROte-ros  en te ba-siLEIa ton ou-raNON MEIzon auTOU esTIN.
yet the lesser in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
h. 11:12 JOHN OPENED GATES FOR A PRESSING THROUGH INTO KINGDOM
aPO de ton he-meRON IoAnou tou bap-tiSTOU HEos ARti
And from the days of John the Baptist until now
he ba-siLEIa ton ou-raNON biAze-tai , kai bi-aSTAI  harPAzou-sin  auTEN.
the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and men of violence take it by force.
i. 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
PANtes gar hoi proPHEtai kai ho NOmos HEos IoAnou e-proPHEteu-san .
j. 11:14 And if you are willing to receive him, HE is the Elijah about to come.
kai ei THEle-te DExas-thai , auTOIS es-tin E-LEIas ho MELlon ERches-thai.
k. 11:15 Who has ears, let him hear. ho Echon Ota, a-kouEto.
l. 11:16a But unto what shall I liken this :generation?
TIni de ho-moiOsoten ge-neAN TAUten?
m. 11:16b-17 THE ANALOGY JESUS GIVES FOR HIS GENERATION
hoMOIa esTIN paiDIois ka-theMEnois en tais a-goRAIS, ha pros-phoNOUNta tois heTErois 17 LEgou-sin,
EuLEsa-men huMIN, kai ouk orCHEsas-the; e-threNEsa-men , kai ouk eKOpsas-the .
We piped to you, and you did not dance; We wailed, and you did not mourn.
n. 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.
ELthen gar IoAnes MEte esTHIon MEte PInon, kai LEgou-sin, DaiMOni-on Echei.
o. 11:19a THEIR JUDGMENT ON CHRIST
ELthen ho huiOS tou anTHROpou esTHIon kai PInon, kai LEgou-sin, I-DOU,
The Son of :man came eating and drinking, and they say, Lo,
ANthro-pos PHAgos , kai oi-noPOtes , teloNON  PHIlos  kai ha-mar-toLON!
gluttonous man, and winebibber, friend of publicans and sinners!
p. 11:19b And :wisdom was justified by her :works.
kai e-di-kaiOthehesoPHIa aPO ton ERgon auTES.
3. 11:20-24 WOE: THE DANGER OF REJECTING JESUS' WORKS
a. 11:20 JESUS' JUDGMENT FOR NOT REPENTING AT HIS SIGNS
TOte ERxa-to o-neiDIzein  tas POleis en hais eGEnon-to hai PLEIstai
Then began he to upbraid the cities in which most of his powers
duNAmeis  auTOU, HOti ou me-teNOe-san.
were done, because they repented not.
b. 11:21 THE CITIES OF ISRAEL RESIST CHRIST MORE THAN THE HEATHEN
OuAI soi, Cho-raZEIN! ouAI soi, Beth-saiDAN!
Woe to you, Chorazein! woe to you Bethsaida!
HOti ei en TUro kai SiDOni eGEnon-to hai duNAmeis hai geNOme-nai en huMIN,
for if the powers :done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
PAlai an en SAKko  kai spoDO  me-teNOe-san .
they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
c. 11:22 However I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on judgment day than for you.
plen LEgo huMIN, TUro kai SiDOni a-nekTOte-ron  EStai en heMEra KRIse-os e huMIN.
d. 11:23 HADES: THE PORTION FOR NOT REPENTING AT JESUS' SIGNS
kai su, Ka-phar-naOUM, me HEos ou-raNOU hu-psoTHEse ? HEos HAdou ka-taBEse :
And you, Capernaum, shall be exalted unto heaven? you shall go down unto Hades:
HOti ei en SoDOmois e-geNEthe-san  hai duNAmeis hai geNOme-nai en soi,
because if the powers :done in you had been done in Sodom,
Emei-nen an MEchri tes SEme-ron.
it would have remained until :today.
e. 11:24 JUDGMENT SHALL BE LIGHTER FOR THOSE REJECTING LESSER LIGHT!
plen LEgo huMIN, HOti ge SoDOmon a-nekTOte-ron 
However I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable
EStai en heMEra KRIse-os, e soi.
for Sodom land on judgment day, than for you.
B. 11:25-30 BLESSED INVITATION TO THE CHILD-LIKE
a. 11:25-26 JESUS COMMENDS GOD FOR REVEALING TRUTH TO THE HUMBLE
En eKEIno to kaiRO a-po-kriTHEIS ho IeSOUS EIpen, Exo-mo-loGOU-MAI  soi, PAter,
At that :season :Jesus answered andsaid, I thank you, Father,
KUri-e tou ou-raNOU kai tes ges, HOti Ekru-psas 
Lord of :heaven and :earth, that you did hide
TAUta aPO soPHON  kai su-neTON , kai a-peKAlu-psas  auTA nePIois :
these thingsfrom thewise and understanding, and did reveal them unto babes:
nai, ho paTER, HOti HOUtos eu-doKIa  eGEne-to EMprosTHEN sou.
26yes, :Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.
b. 11:27 IT MUST BE GIVEN OF GOD - TO KNOW THE FATHER AND THE SON
PANta moi pa-reDOthe  huPO tou paTROS mou:
All thingshave been delivered to me by my :Father:
kai ouDEIS e-pi-giNOskei  ton huiON, ei me ho paTER;
and no one knows the Son, save the Father;
ouDE ton paTEra tis e-pi-giNOskei, ei me ho huiOS, kai ho eAN BOUle-tai ho huiOS a-po-kaLUpsai .
neither does any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomever the Son wills to reveal him.
c. 11:28 Come unto me, all youthat labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
DEUte PROS me, PANtes hoi ko-piONtes kai pe-phor-tisMEnoi , ka' 'GOa-naPAUsohuMAS.
d. 11:29 THE WAY OF REST - TO SHARE JESUS' YOKE
Ara-te ton zuGON  mou eph' huMAS, kai MAthe-te  ap' eMOU;
Take my :yoke upon you, and learn of me;
HOti praUS  ei-mi kai ta-peiNOS  te karDIa: kai heuREse-te aNApau-sin tais psuCHAIS huMON.
for I am meek and lowly in :heart: and you shall find rest to your :souls.
e. 11:30 Formy :yoke is easy, and my :burden light.
ho gar zuGOS mou chresTOS , kai to phorTIon mou e-laPHRON es-tin.
NOTE: The questions and doubts of John the Baptist, when answered by Jesus, illustrate the truth spoken of Him, that the smoking flax He does not quench! Jesus is merciful to us in our weaknesses - when overall we have loved Him, and sought to walk in God's ways - which John the Baptist did!
So Jesus for John's messengers performs many miracles, and sends them back to report to John that His signs authenticate His Messiahship! John need notlook for another, and neither do we. But like one saint of the past, we too can give our utmostfor His highest; and have personal, passionatedevoion at all times for Jesus!
As we meditate on Christ; His works; His compassion: His God-likeness - for He indeedwas God! Then - we can always find it in our hearts to be unto Him at all times like Oswald Chambers, and all otherfully committed saints!
But Jesus alsomakes it clear, that there is a great dividing line when the Kingdom of God comes in - through His finished work on Calvary, and the coming of the Holy Spirit following His Resurrection and Ascension. Mark it - the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy - in the Holy Spirit. Rees Howells understood the cost for this - complete deathto ourselves! Men like Rees Howells and Oswald Chambers felt there were fewwho fully entered God's Kingdom by being identified fully with Jesus in His death - and through our confirmation in baptism! Baptism signifies our inward acceptance of our full identification with Jesus in His death.
So is death easy? Is entering the Kingdom of God easy? Notaccording to Jesus in Matthew 11:12. Not even animals die easily in the natural - and you and I do not accept spiritual death easily so as to be identified with Jesus.
So are there many professing Christians who live in a fool's paradise? Yes! Easy Believismis a curse, and completely unscripturel and anti-God! If words like this offend, they ought to! Jesus never minced words! They crucified Him for speaking the truth and exposing the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders of His day! May God raise up today - leaders like Jesus, Paul, John the Baptist and Elijah - to tell the truth - let the chips fall where they may.
Yet - look at the gracious words of Jesus in 11:25-30. Have you ever seen a yoke of oxen at work? I have. During World War II in Noval Scotia, as I traveled up theAnnapolis Valley to Halifax from Digby. Jesus says - “Come alongside me and share My yoke. I will pull with you. We will pull together. With Me as your Partner, you will find that you can make it!” A graciousinvitation indeed! J.A.W.