Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
But Abraham said, 'They have [the writings of] Moses and the prophets; let them pay attention to them.'
Why did you go out [to the desert]? To see a prophet? Yes, I should say [he was], and much more than a prophet.
[Then] Philip found Nathaniel [i.e., the same as Bartholomew. See Matt. 10:3] and said to him, "We have found Him, the one Moses wrote about in the law; and the prophets [also wrote about Him]. [He is] Jesus from Nazareth, the [step-] son of Joseph."
But this is the way God fulfilled the things which He had predicted through the prophets about the suffering of Christ.
And He sent them out to preach the [coming] kingdom of God and to heal sick people.
and heal the sick people who live there. Say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
"You must repent [i.e., change your hearts and lives], for the kingdom of heaven will soon be here."
From that time onward Jesus began to preach, saying, "You people [must] repent [i.e., change your hearts and lives], for the kingdom of heaven is near."
And preach as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'
Now after John was turned over [i.e., to the authorities and imprisoned] Jesus went [back] to Galilee preaching the good news from God
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I will say [he is], and much more than a prophet.
For John came to show you the way to be right with God, but you would not believe his message. Yet the tax collectors and prostitutes believed it, and when you saw this, even then you did not change your minds so as to believe his message.
But [instead] the man went out telling everyone about the miracle of healing and spreading the story widely, so that Jesus was not able to enter a town publicly but had to remain outside in deserted places. [So], people went to Him there from all over the region.
If we allow him to go on [doing this], everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy our Temple and our nation [i.e., its people]."
So, the Pharisees were saying among themselves, "Look, you men are getting nowhere [in this situation]. See, the [whole] world has gone after him."