Matthew Chapter 11
Memory verses for
this week: 1 Cor 1:25 Because the
foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
stronger than men.
last week’s lesson, we studied about Jesus sending the 12 disciples
forth with great power to heal all manner of sickness and disease.
The apostolic powers given during the early days of the church
included the ability to heal lepers, cause the blind to see, and even
raise the dead. These were special gifts that we can not do today.
God still heals, but it is faith in God by the individual, not the
Christian who causes this to happen.
I. Jesus Goes
Forth to Preach and Teach
Mat 11:1 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.
always about doing the Father’s Will. As a young child, we found him
interested in the word of God. Once when Joseph and Mary had taken
the family up to Jerusalem for the Passover, they left Jesus behind
when he was about 12 years old.
Luke 2:41 Now his parents went to
Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Luke 2:42 And when he was twelve
years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Luke 2:43 And when they had
fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind
in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
Luke 2:44 But they,
supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and
they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
Luke 2:45 And when they found him
not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that
after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Luke 2:47 And all that heard him
were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Luke 2:48 And when they saw him,
they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou
thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How
is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's
sent the disciples forth to preach, he then goes himself to the cities
II. John the
Baptist Sends Disciples to Question Jesus
Mat 11:2 Now when John had heard in
the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
Mat 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou
he that should come, or do we look for another?
Mat 11:4 Jesus answered and said
unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and
Mat 11:5 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.
Mat 11:6 And blessed is he,
whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John had met
Jesus on other occasions and had been given proof that Jesus was the
John 1:29 The next day John seeth
Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh
away the sin of the world.
John 1:30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before
John 1:31 And I knew him not: but
that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come
baptizing with water.
John 1:32 And John bare record,
saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it
abode upon him.
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he
that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom
thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same
is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record
that this is the Son of God.
of how we can see the John truly knew that Jesus was the Messiah is
here in Chapter 3 of John.
John 3:22 After these things came
Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried
with them, and baptized.
John 3:23 And John also was
baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there:
and they came, and were baptized.
John 3:24 For John was not yet cast
John 3:25 Then there arose a
question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about
John 3:26 And they came unto John,
and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom
thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to
John 3:27 John answered and said, A
man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me
witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before
John 3:29 He that hath the bride is
the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and
heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this
my joy therefore is fulfilled.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I
What we do
makes a lot bigger impact on people than what we say.
them and told them to tell John that the blind receive their sight and
leapers are healed. And probably the greatest proof, “The Poor have
the Gospel preached unto them.” Unfortunately not all were
believers, and many were offended because of Christ. When your life
conflicts with the standards God sets, you will be offended. But the
right thing to do is to repent of our sins, and follow those standards
and commandments. They are all for our own good.
To heal a
person born blind was unheard of before Jesus came on the scene.
John 9:24 Then again called they the
man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know
that this man is a sinner.
John 9:25 He answered and said,
Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that,
whereas I was blind, now I see.
John 9:26 Then said they to him
again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
John 9:27 He answered them, I have
told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it
again? will ye also be his disciples?
John 9:28 Then they reviled him, and
said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
John 9:29 We know that God spake
unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
John 9:30 The man answered and said
unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from
whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
John 9:31 Now we know that God
heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth
his will, him he heareth.
John 9:32 Since the world began was
it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
III. The GREATEST
Man Born of Woman
Mat 11:7 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?
Mat 11:8 But what went ye out for to
see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft
clothing are in kings' houses.
Mat 11:9 But what went ye out for to
see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Mat 11:10 For this is he, of whom it
is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall
prepare thy way before thee.
Mat 11:11 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.
Many great men
and women have come and gone since the beginning of time. However,
the greatest man ever born of woman was John the Baptist according to
Christ. He was not a man who was fearful or weak, or shaken by
things. He was not clothed with kings apparel, but he was a prophet,
and more than a prophet Jesus proclaimed. None greater than John the
Baptist it says in verse 11. Jesus points out that the least in the
kingdom of heaven was greater, meaning a saved person in the family of
God. That means a saved child of the Lord is greater than anyone here
in the flesh. John the Baptist did God’s Will in his life, and his
job was to prepare a people for the Lord.
Henry said this about verse 11
was not a greater
born of women than John the
Baptist, v. 11. Christ knew how to value persons according to the
degrees of their worth, and he prefers John before all that went
before him, before all that were
born of women
by ordinary generation. Of all that God had raised up and called to
any service in his church, John is the most eminent, even beyond Moses
himself; for he began to preach the gospel doctrine of remission of
sins to those who are truly penitent; and he had more signal
revelations from heaven than any of them had; for he
saw heaven opened, and the
Holy Ghost descend.
He also had great success in his ministry; almost the whole nation
flocked to him: none rose on so great a design, or came on so noble an
errand, as John did, or had such claims to a welcome reception. Many
had been born of women that made a great figure in the world, but
Christ prefers John before them. Note, Greatness is not to be measured
by appearances and outward splendour, but they are the greatest men
who are the greatest saints, and the greatest blessings, who are, as
great in the sight of the Lord,
IV. The Kingdom Has
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John
the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and
the violent take it by force.
Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and
the law prophesied until John.
Mat 11:14 And if ye will receive it,
this is Elias, which was for to come.
Mat 11:15 He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear.
have been Elijah had the Jews accepted Christ as the Messiah and
allowed him to bring in the kingdom at this time. But they not only
rejected the kingdom, but they rejected it violently. Those that came
to bear the Kingdom, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were met with
violence. Verse 13 points out how the Old Testament Prophets had
prophesied of the kingdom coming, and this was the exact message that
John the Baptist was preaching. John came in the power and spirit of
Elijah, although he was not Elijah. As I mentioned earlier, had they
accepted Christ as Messiah, he would have been Elijah. God knew the
Jews would reject Christ this time, and Elijah will still come one
day. This will be during the Great Tribulation period just before
Christ comes to setup his kingdom at the close of the tribulation.
Mat 11:16 But whereunto shall I
liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the
markets, and calling unto their fellows,
Mat 11:17 And saying, We have piped
unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye
have not lamented.
Mat 11:18 For John came neither
eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
Mat 11:19 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
The Kingdom was
not rejected with knowledge, but was rejected due to foolish pride.
They rejected John although he came not eating or drinking. Christ
came eating with the publicans and sinners and they accused him of
evil for doing it. Thank the Lord Jesus cares about sinners and the
lost. Without that, none of us would ever have been saved.
Predicts Judgment Upon the Rejecter
Mat 11:20 Then began he to upbraid
the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they
Mat 11:21 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.
Mat 11:22 But I say unto you, It
shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment,
than for you.
Mat 11:23 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.
Mat 11:24 But I say unto you, That
it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of
judgment, than for thee.
Jesus warns the
towns of Chorazin and Bethsaida of coming judgment. Christ did many
great works in these cities but still they did not repent. He tells
them that if these works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, those people
would have repented. God for-knew those would believe and repent and
those who would reject. Capernaum was another city where many mighty
works were done in it. He states that if Sodom, that horrible
wretched sin-filled city that was destroyed with fire and brimstone
from heaven, had seen the works done in Capernaum, they would still
Mat 11:25 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.
Mat 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it
seemed good in thy sight.
Mat 11:27 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.
Funny how some
will listen and respond, and others will reject. God is able to
reveal things unto babes in Christ (those who are still childlike) and
yet keep those things from the wise. The wise of this world normally
will not hear nor respond to the gospel.
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
1 Cor 1:26 For ye see your calling,
brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty,
not many noble, are called:
1 Cor 1:27 But God hath chosen the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen
the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1 Cor 1:28 And base things of the
world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things
which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Cor 1:29 That no flesh should
glory in his presence.
VI. True Rest and
Peace can be Found Only in the Lord
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 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.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and
my burden is light.
There are two
kinds of rest spoken of in these verses. There is a given rest to the
child of God and it is given at the time we are saved. You know the
feeling of joy and relief you had the day you were saved. Then we see
there is a ‘found’ rest as mentioned in verse 29. We must come and
take Christ’s yoke upon us, and then we will find a special rest that
the world can never give us. Christ is meek and lowly, and he wants
us to be like him and be this way in our lives. The battle is
truly of the Lord’s, but we are to be willing to get in the yoke and
do our share. I think all who have put the yoke on know that the
major part of the load is ALWAYS borne by Jesus. But we are required
to get in the yoke before we will find that special rest.
McGee said this about the Yoke of the Lord.
This language is
in contrast to what has preceded it in this chapter. It is like coming
out of a blizzard into the warmth of a spring day, like passing from a
storm into a calm, like going from darkness into light. This is a new
message from Jesus. He turns from the corporate nation to the
individual. It is no longer the national announcement about a kingdom
but a personal invitation to find the “rest” of salvation.
“I will give you rest” is literally “I
will rest you.” When He speaks of being “heavy laden,” He is referring
to being burdened with sin. This same figure is used by Isaiah and the
psalmist: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of
evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the
Lord, they have provoked
the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (Isa.
1:4). “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden
they are too heavy for me” (Ps. 38:4).
My friend, sin is too heavy for you to
carry—you’ll really get a hernia if you try to carry your load of sin!
The only place in the world to put that burden is at the Cross of
Christ. He bore it for you, and He invites you to come and bring your
burden of sin to Him. He can forgive you because on the cross He bore
the burden of your sin.
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
refers to the salvation of the sinner
through Jesus Christ. “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”
refers to the practical sanctification of the believer. There is a
rest which Jesus gives, and it is
the rest of redemption. There is also a
which the believer experiences, and it comes through commitment and
consecration to Christ. You don’t have to worry about being
recognized; you don’t have to jockey for position if you are committed
to Christ. Frankly, I quit joining organizations because I got so
tired of watching ambitious men trying to be chairman of something or
trying to be president of something. If you are committed to Christ,
you don’t have to worry about that. He will put you exactly where
wants you when you are yoked up to Him.
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