Matthew 11:2-11

Commentary Excerpt by Tom Boomershine

This is the story of John's question of Jesus about whether he is the one who is to come(that is, the Messiah) followed by Jesus' comments about John the Baptist.

The tone of this is established by John's disciples, his students, coming to Jesus and asking the question about Jesus' identity. Jesus answers them sympathetically and then addresses the crowds about John.

You as the storyteller are Jesus addressing the audience as the disciples of John who have come to question him. Then you are speaking to the audience as the crowd who are interested in John. They have presumably come out into the wilderness to be baptized by John. Jesus' speech communicates his respect for John and his message that Jesus is now continuing because John has been arrested.

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